26 episodes

NatureScot presents podcasts that celebrate Scotland's nature and landscapes. In each episode you'll find numerous ways to connect with - and protect - our amazing natural world. We want to inspire everyone to join the fight against climate change and reverse nature loss. Immerse yourself and #MakeSpaceForNature in your life. www.nature.scot

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NatureScot presents podcasts that celebrate Scotland's nature and landscapes. In each episode you'll find numerous ways to connect with - and protect - our amazing natural world. We want to inspire everyone to join the fight against climate change and reverse nature loss. Immerse yourself and #MakeSpaceForNature in your life. www.nature.scot

    Using Environmental DNA to prevent nature loss, with Brodie Thomas

    Using Environmental DNA to prevent nature loss, with Brodie Thomas

    Brodie Thomas, a project placement helping to facilitate NatureScot's use of genetic technologies, explains what Environmental DNA is, and how this non-invasive sampling technique can monitor wildlife and help build up a detailed image of what lives where. 
    She explains the pros and cons of the technique, how it's being used to detect the presence of invasive non-native species, and the potential use of eDNA to help tackle nature loss and climate change. 


    Further reading:
    Measuring biodiversity from DNA in the air Elizabeth L. Clare, Chloe K. Economou, Frances J. Bennett, Caitlin E. Dyer, Katherine Adams, Benjamin McRobie, Rosie Drinkwater, Joanne E. Littlefair Current Biology Journal
    Airborne environmental DNA for terrestrial vertebrate community monitoring Christina Lynggaard, Mads Frost Bertelsen, Casper V. Jensen, Matthew S. Johnson, Tobias Guldberg Frøslev, Morten Tange Olsen and Kristine Bohmann Current Biology Journal

    • 11 min
    Attracting young people to green jobs, with Ceara Webster and Amy Kidd

    Attracting young people to green jobs, with Ceara Webster and Amy Kidd

    In this episode we hear about NatureScot’s Programme for Youth employment, a programme helping to develop nature based skills to support the fight against climate change and nature loss.
    Since 2021 we’ve offered around 40 jobs for younger employees including project and practical placements, apprenticeships, and trainee roles right across the organisation, from support roles in finance to outdoor work on nature reserves.


    We chat to two of our placements Ceara Webster and Amy Kidd. Ceara works on embedding behavioural change and co-design approaches, and Amy is now a Licensing Officer. We hear about their career paths so far and what more we can do to encourage young people into green jobs and the nature sector.

    More information:
    Attracting young talent to NatureScot
    Working and volunteering with us
    Current vacancies

    • 33 min
    Taking action to help peatlands, with Ben Inglis-Grant and Sue White

    Taking action to help peatlands, with Ben Inglis-Grant and Sue White

    In this episode we chat with Peatland ACTION Project Officers Ben Inglis-Grant and Sue White. Both are based on Scottish islands; Sue works with Shetland Amenity Trust and Ben is with Carloway Estate Trust on the isle of Lewis.
    We hear about their varied work with Peatland ACTION, the national programme helping to restore damaged peatlands in Scotland, led and funded by Scottish Government and delivered by NatureScot and partners.  
    They explain the importance of peatlands and how restoring these vital carbon stores can provide a range of benefits for people and nature, and help tackle climate change.
    Further reading:
    Peatland ACTION
    Peatland ACTION Fund - how to apply
    The Shetland Amenity Trust
    Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh (Carloway Estate Trust)

    • 24 min
    The Nature Library: how stories connect people with nature, with Christina Riley

    The Nature Library: how stories connect people with nature, with Christina Riley

    In this episode NatureScot staff Fiona Leith and Claire Gordon chat to Christina Riley the founder of the Nature Library, a pop-up nature library which travels to festivals and events around Scotland.
    Christina explains how the book collection has evolved, and why taking stories to local communities is helping more people appreciate and make space for nature, particularly during Scotland’s Year of Storytelling 2022.
    Christina also explains how now, more than ever, as the climate and nature crises become more apparent, nature writing is touching all of our lives and why we all need to take immediate action and make a difference.
    Further reading:
    The Nature Library
    Ways to Make Space For Nature 
    Scotland's Year of Storytelling 2022
    Or follow @thenaturelib on Twitter to find out where the library will be touring next.

    • 22 min
    Getting started with foraging, with Elli Carlisle and Kat O'Brien

    Getting started with foraging, with Elli Carlisle and Kat O'Brien

    Foraging Fortnight, a series of events celebrating Scotland’s natural environment and wild food, recently took place across the country. Following on from this festival, we chatted with two NatureScot colleagues, Elli Carlisle and Kat O’Brien, about the easiest and safest ways to experience the best of Scotland's natural larder.

    From brambles and chanterelles to wild garlic and hazelnuts, which food is ripe for picking depends on the time of year, and it’s vital we eat only those wild plants and mushrooms safe for human consumption. Responsible wild harvesting means taking only what you'll use and picking carefully to have minimal impact on the plant.

    Read more:
    Foraging Fortnight
    More about foraging
    Foraging wild plants
    Scottish Wild Mushroom Code
    Scottish Outdoor Access Code

    • 22 min
    A nature rich future for all, with Lorna Slater MSP and Francesca Osowska

    A nature rich future for all, with Lorna Slater MSP and Francesca Osowska

    In this episode NatureScot’s Chief Executive Francesca Osowska and Lorna Slater MSP, Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, discuss what the Scottish Government and NatureScot are doing to tackle the climate and nature crisis and what radical change is needed by us all, to help heal Mother Nature by 2045.

    Further reading:
    NatureScot Corporate Plan 2022-26Scottish Biodiversity Strategy consultation State of Nature Report 2019 ScotlandScottish Government Nature Restoration Fund Scottish Government Let's Do Net Zero campaignLecture to the Royal Society of Edinburgh by Francesca Osowska Make Space For Nature - seasonal tips 

    • 26 min

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