Conversations with people about landscapes, their culture, ecology, history and wildlife. This is not land ownership in the traditional sense. It's about sharing the stories of urban ecologists, rural field officers, community scientists, landscape writers and photographers.
Walking to Lough Conn with Seán Lysaght
Walking through the woods of Enniscoe House in Co. Mayo, Ireland, to the shore of Lough Conn with poet and author Seán Lysaght
Walking with ravens in the Ox Mountains, County Mayo 🇮🇪
It's January 2023 and my podcast, Unlocking Landscapes, is 2 years old! Thanks to everyone who has contributed and supported so far.
I do this podcast at my own costs so if you want to support it (it costs a basic £100 annually to host my Podbean account) you can 'buy me a coffee/camomile' here: https://ko-fi.com/djgwild
I haven't posted for a while, mainly for professional and technical reasons. The biggest issue is that I needed to upgrade my ailing desktop PC, which I have now done. It's in much better shape now, so no more IT excuses but hopefully more podcasts.
In September I spent a week in Mayo in Ireland and recorded two podcasts. One is an early evening walk in the Ox Mountains, encountering rickety gates and performing ravens. The second one (still to come) is a walk with Seán Lysaght, which I can't wait to share with you. I've been a big fan of Seán's writing for over a decade, so it was a massive honour to spend an afternoon walking with him. More on that one soon!
In the Ox Mountains I go for a walk, describing the surrounding landscape, capturing two ravens (acoustically) as they fly close by from where the breed in the hills. I also talk a bit about issues with cottages which aren't connected to mains water, amongst many other things.
Here are the reference points:
The Ox Mountains
Mayo Dark Skies Park
The Irish famine
Irish History Podcast
Fires in Mayo
Ash dieback disease
Thanks for listening!
Woodland inspiration with Zoe Gilbert in the Weald of Kent
An hour in conversation with author Zoe Gilbert, taking in the sights and sounds of Ham Street Woods, a National Nature Reserve on the Kent/Sussex border
Looking for cuckoos in the Sussex Weald | birdsong walk
In May 2021 I walked 8 miles into the Sussex Weald to see if I could hear a cuckoo. The weather was fine and there were loads of birds out, many of them in full song.
Being a Bee Doctor with Dr. Beth Nicholls
In August I met up with Dr. Beth Nicholls at Bedelands Local Nature Reserve in West Sussex. Beth is a researcher on the subject of pollinating insects, with a key focus on bees. She works at the University of Sussex.
The Great Hungarian Plain with Eddie Chapman
A light-hearted account of travelling to Hungary by trains, with insights into Hungarian culture, food, landscape and wildlife.