12 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

    Genetic diversity and its importance in fighting climate change and nature loss, with David O’Brien

    Genetic diversity and its importance in fighting climate change and nature loss, with David O’Brien

    David O’Brien, NatureScot’s Biodiversity Evidence and Reporting Manager, explains what genetic diversity is and how it can help fight the twin crises of climate change and nature loss. 

    Highlighting examples of relevant projects, both here in Scotland and much further afield in Benghazi, David talks passionately about the potential implications for the future of many species.

    A keen amphibian spotter and citizen scientist, David provides practical tips as to how we can all make more space for nature, and encourages us all to have a fondness for frogs! An enlightening listen.

    • 18 min
    Coastal erosion and the impact of climate change on our Dynamic Coast, with Alistair Rennie

    Coastal erosion and the impact of climate change on our Dynamic Coast, with Alistair Rennie

    This week we chat with Alistair Rennie, NatureScot’s Dynamic Coast Project Manager and Geodiversity Advice Manager. He explains the link between climate change and coastal erosion, and how the Dynamic Coast project will help Scotland’s coast and assets adapt to our future climate.

    He also has some really encouraging ways we can recharge, enjoy nature on our doorstep and make more space for nature, every day.

    Further information on the Dynamic Coast project: https://www.dynamiccoast.com/

    • 22 min
    How climate change is affecting our weird and wonderful weather, with Dr Heather Reid

    How climate change is affecting our weird and wonderful weather, with Dr Heather Reid

    Well known for her weather forecasting with the Met Office and BBC Scotland, Heather was recently appointed to NatureScot's Board. 

    Throughout her career she's witnessed significant changes in our weather. We discuss the direct impact of climate change and the significance of STEM in understanding these changes. With a focus on hope for the future, Heather highlights what we can all do to make space for nature and reduce our carbon footprint. A really inspiring listen!

    • 24 min
    Blue carbon - what it is and how it can help fight climate change, with Caitlin Cunningham

    Blue carbon - what it is and how it can help fight climate change, with Caitlin Cunningham

    In this episode we speak to Caitlin Cunningham, NatureScot’s Graduate placement, focussing on blue carbon. She gives us an insight into her role, and explains what blue carbon is and its importance in the fight against climate change. 

    Caitlin also provides her top tips as to how we can all make space for nature in life, including a great nature based alternative to watching the latest soap opera on tv - you need to listen to this!

    • 13 min
    Nature loss and climate change and how to be part of the solution, with Debbie Bassett

    Nature loss and climate change and how to be part of the solution, with Debbie Bassett

    We speak to Debbie Bassett, NatureScot's Climate Change and COP Coordinator, who explains so well how climate change and nature loss are linked, what COP15 and COP26 mean for us all and what we can all do to make more space for nature in our lives. 

    A great listen - follow Debbie's advice and let's all be part of the change!

    • 17 min
    Climate change, COP26 and hope for the future, with Chris Stark and Francesca Osowska

    Climate change, COP26 and hope for the future, with Chris Stark and Francesca Osowska

    To kick off this new season we have a very special episode - our guest presenter Richard Baynes speaks to the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, Chris Stark and NatureScot’s Chief Executive, Francesca Osowska.
    They discuss the twin crises of climate change and nature loss, what COP26 means for us all, and how, if we all take action now, the future will be bright.
    Focussing on a sense of hope and the benefits of nature based solutions, we highlight how improving and restoring nature not only makes the world a better place, but addresses some of the serious impacts we’re already seeing from climate change. We discuss how reaching net zero is actually a very appealing thing as it’s about genuine improvements to society and the economy. Chris states “I’m going to be the generation that gets this done. We will get to net zero by 2045 in Scotland and by 2050 in the UK”. It’s definitely worth a listen!

    • 38 min

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