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A podcast about human-wildlife interactions and our relationship with nature. We talk about biodiversity, conservation, hunting and fishing, rewilding and more.


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Tommy's Outdoors Tommy Serafinski

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A podcast about human-wildlife interactions and our relationship with nature. We talk about biodiversity, conservation, hunting and fishing, rewilding and more.


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    132: Freshwater Lakes with Frances Lucy and Joerg Arnscheidt

    132: Freshwater Lakes with Frances Lucy and Joerg Arnscheidt

    This is the third episode in our series dedicated to the CANN project. Our guests are Professor Frances Lucy who is Head of Department of Environmental Science and a long-term researcher at the Atlantic Technological University in Sligo and Dr Joerg Arnscheidt from the School of Geography & Environmental Sciences at Ulster University.
    During our conversation, we talk about the importance of biodiversity and ecology of the freshwater sites that are part of the CANN project. They include Lough Arrow in Counties Sligo and Roscommon in the Republic of Ireland and Magheraveely–Kilroosky Lake Cluster, a group of seven freshwater lakes and one wetland area in Counties Fermanagh and Monaghan, straddling the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
    Enjoy our conversation and don’t forget to tune in to the next and final episode dedicated to the CANN project in which we talk about blanked bogs.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    131: Lowland Raised Bogs with Simon Gray

    131: Lowland Raised Bogs with Simon Gray

    Today we talk all things lowland raised bog! Our guest is Simon Gray, Senior Technical Officer at Ulster Wildlife, who works on the CANN project. Simon is also a regular listener of the podcast so it was my pleasure to welcome him to the other side of the production set.
    At the beginning of the show, we discuss the differences between various types of bogs and how they are formed. Then we move on to bog ecology and explain why they are so important for the environment. We discuss present threats to bogs and what can be done, and indeed what is being done, to preserve and protect them for the future.
    During our conversation we talk about many related issues such as predator control, trampling of ground-nesting bird’s nests by livestock, rewetting of bogs and the impacts of invasive rhododendron. You will also learn how not to drown a massive digger in a bog. It was a hugely educational and fun conversation.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    130: The CANN Project with Abby McSherry

    130: The CANN Project with Abby McSherry

    It is my pleasure to present another series of podcasts discussing yet another cross-border environmental project. In this series, we’re going to talk with scientists and leaders from the CANN project. CANN stands for Collaborative Action for the Natura Network. It is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). CANN aims to produce 27 Conservation Action Plans (CAPs) for a range of sites across the Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) across Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland. These plans will help meet key EU biodiversity targets and ensure the future of these internationally important habitats. Also, a direct conservation action will be carried out on 3,650 hectares of SACs.
    In this episode, Abby McSherry, the Communications and Outreach Officer for CANN, introduces the project. We discuss how CANN is working with stakeholders, landowners, farmers and local communities to bring about positive environmental change, to raise awareness of the value of these habitats and species, and the importance of protecting them. We also talk about how Conservation Action Plans will be used in strategic planning to ensure that SACs sites are guided towards favourable conservation status after the CANN project is finished.
    Check out our conversation and make sure you subscribe to the podcast to not miss the upcoming episodes where we’ll discuss work on specific habitats in greater detail.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    129: In Search of One Last Song with Patrick Galbraith

    129: In Search of One Last Song with Patrick Galbraith

    Anyone who has any level of interest in wildlife is aware of the massive biodiversity crisis we are facing right now. Sometimes it is called a sixth mass extinction. Its symptoms can be seen not only in world-famous ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef or the Amazon rainforest but also in our woods and gardens. As sad as it sounds, we should not only help protect species in decline but also enjoy them while they are still around. And with how things are at the moment it’s anything but certain that they’ll survive to be enjoyed by future generations. 
    Patrick Galbraith in his latest book In Search of One Last Song documents his quest to experience the rare and disappearing birds of Britain. Because, as he said, if he waited for a few more years, he might not have a chance to see them or hear their song. On his journey, he visited people who work to protect them. The record of his conversations reveals a cultural divide between rural and urban, and between old and new, ways of life and the impact it has on ecosystems. As a result, along with the ecological picture, the book paints a diverse and complex cultural landscape.
    As usual, during our conversation, I asked some questions about the process of writing the book. We also talked about people and events that didn’t make it into the pages. It is really well-written and, at times, beautifully poetic. After listening to our discussion, go ahead and buy the book using the provided links below. That way you will get a great book while supporting my podcast.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    128: Rhythms of Nature with Ian Carter

    128: Rhythms of Nature with Ian Carter

    This week, Ian Carter, naturalist, ornithologist and author, is back on the show with his new book titled Rhythms of Nature. (Previously, Ian was our guest on episode 105.) I really enjoyed his last book so I was eagerly awaiting his next publication. Rhythms of Nature delivers a great, engaging read and, like Ian’s previous book, provides food for thought. As usual, you can expect a review on this blog in the coming weeks. For now though, I invite you to listen to my conversation with Ian.
    The book discusses a wide range of topics related to the natural world and our relationship to it. Which, as you know, aligns almost perfectly with my show’s tagline. There are too many interesting subjects in the book to discuss in one episode. Although the book is not dedicated to hot-button topics, I decided to pick a few of the most interesting and currently debated. Namely, land access and the conflict surrounding field sports in the UK.
    Rhythms of Nature is dedicated to the author’s observations and experiences in nature and is a very pleasant read. Even if you’re a seasoned outdoorsman or naturalist I am sure you will learn something new.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    127: Seabird Monitoring and Tracking with Katherine Booth Jones, Daniel Johnston, Jacob Davies and Kendrew Colhoun

    127: Seabird Monitoring and Tracking with Katherine Booth Jones, Daniel Johnston, Jacob Davies and Kendrew Colhoun

    This is the second episode dedicated to the Seabird Monitoring work package at the MarPAMM Interreg project. It also concludes a six-part series in which we delved into the project’s work packages. Our guests are Katherine Booth Jones, Daniel Johnston, Jacob Davies and Kendrew Colhoun who you might remember from episode 125.
    Continuing the topic from our previous episode, today we’ll talk more about the research conducted as a part of the Seabird Monitoring work package. Listen and learn many fascinating facts about seabirds and their biology. Unlike in previous episodes which focused on methods, today my guests also share some of the preliminary results of their research. Over an hour of delicious seabird nerdiness! It is always a pleasure to talk and listen to scientists who are not only knowledgable but also passionate about the subject of their research. Enjoy!
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    • 1 hr 7 min

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Sue Tidwell ,

Great podcast.

I’ve listened to several of Tommy’s podcasts with different guests and always enjoy them. He has a fun easy going personality that seems to put guests at ease. Still, he asks difficult and though provoking questions. I always come away with a much better understanding of conservation issues while enjoying myself. Well done!

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