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British Nature with Lucy Hodson

British Nature with Lucy Hodson

December 2, 2020

Why are fungi cool? What happens to British birds in the winter? We sit down for a natter with Nature Nerd Lucy Hodson (AKA Lucy Lapwing) to find out what it is about wildlife in Britain that has driven her life-long love affair with nature.

 

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Sea Ice: Why does it matter?

Sea Ice: Why does it matter?

November 18, 2020

The changing of the seasons is pretty reliable … or it used to be. Arctic ice loss has been in the news constantly for at least a decade, but just last month it was confirmed that 2020 is the second-worst year on record for it. If you thought it was problem that didn’t affect you, well, you’d be wrong about that. So, why is this happening? Why this year in particular? And what about the antarctic?

 

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A few of the discussed sources:

https://theconversation.com/wheres-the-sea-ice-3-reasons-the-arctic-freeze-is-unseasonably-late-and-why-it-matters-148918

https://research.noaa.gov/article/ArtMID/587/ArticleID/2660/Arctic-melt-season-puts-focus-on-sea-ice-forecasts

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2259556-rivers-of-air-in-the-sky-are-melting-huge-patches-of-antarctic-sea-ice/

https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/projects/climate-change-evidence-causes/question-12/

 

HS2: Low-carbon travel or environmental disaster?

HS2: Low-carbon travel or environmental disaster?

November 4, 2020

It’s fair to say that, since its announcement nearly a decade ago, the ‘High Speed Rail 2’ project has been in the UK news A LOT. With construction starting on the massive infrastructure project recently, we took a look at the likely environmental impact of this highly-contentious undertaking. Could projects like this ever have a positive environmental swing? Does simply uprooting and moving a whole forest actually work? 

 

A few of the discussed sources:

https://www.hs2.org.uk/what-is-hs2/

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/hs2

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54628840

 

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Lizzie Daly! On animal-human interactions and wildlife presenting

Lizzie Daly! On animal-human interactions and wildlife presenting

October 21, 2020

What happens when you take a scorpion into a hotel? What’s the best material to make a puffin from? This week we sat down with Wildlife Television presenter and Biologist Lizzie Daly to discuss human-wildlife ‘conflict’ (or more optimistically, coexistence) and her own research with Kenyan elephants, as well as explore her frankly ridiculously cool career. This is a fun one - plug in, get a cup of tea and laugh along with us.

 

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Find Lizzie on Instagram:  @lizziedalywild  or Facebook: @LizzieDalyWildlife

 

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A good source on human-wildlife conflict/co-existence: https://bit.ly/2T9zxC9

 

Our Gorongosa film: https://gorongosa.org/our-gorongosa-film/

 

Save Water Save Money - Free tools to reduce your water use in the home, delivered to your door: https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/

 

Wild deodorant: https://www.wearewild.com/

 

Rivers (re-visited!) with Dr. Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley

Rivers (re-visited!) with Dr. Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley

October 7, 2020

After our rivers episode earlier in the season, we realised that we’d barely gone beneath the surface of this vast topic. Enter: Stephanie, a specialist in aquatic ecosystems and research fellow at Swansea University! Not only do we unpick some key environmental issues in the form of freshwater obstructions (culverts are, perhaps, the unsung villain of our riverine world), but also look at Steph’s work exploring how people and communities the world over interact with, and think of, freshwater. Ponds and poetry, billabongs and balladry, we’ve got it all! 

 

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Find the AWESOME Stephanie on Twitter: @ConnectedWaters

 

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Badgers! (and the ‘C’ word: culling)

Badgers! (and the ‘C’ word: culling)

September 23, 2020

We're talking about the UK's most iconic monochrome, stripy nocturnal creatures and the threats they face: roads, pesticides, and the 'C' word - culling.

 

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Episode links:

 

https://www.badgertrust.org.uk/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/07/badger-cull-extended-england-60000-animals-in-line-of-fire 

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/saving-species/badgers 

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/coronavirus-lockdown-badger-cull_uk_5f64dc51c5b6de79b6742fbf? 

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/badger-cull-licences-bovine-tb-natural-england-derbyshire-george-eustice-b405048.html 

Sharks! With Hannah Rudd

Sharks! With Hannah Rudd

September 9, 2020

When you think of sharks, do you think of far-flung exotic seas? Did you know that we in the UK have over 40 species of shark? We talk to Hannah Rudd - marine biologist and science communicator - about these often misunderstood creatures that so often capture our imaginations, but not always in the most flattering ways. Why are sharks important? What can we do to help them? Where might we find them on our very own shores? Hear about all this, including Hannah’s own research on eco-tourism’s potential in replacing damaging fishing practices.

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Petition to end the shark fin trade in the UK: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/300535

Find Hannah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hannahrudd_wildlife/

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Rivers: Pollution, pesticides and poop

Rivers: Pollution, pesticides and poop

September 2, 2020

With untreated sewage, fertiliser nutrients, agriculture chemicals and ALL SORTS ending up in our rivers in the UK through a variety of ways, we turn our attention to some of our beautiful freshwater habitats.

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Episode links:

https://bristolavonriverstrust.org/citizen-science-water-quality-monitoring/

Insect Decline with Yussef Rafik, aka The Zoology Guy

Insect Decline with Yussef Rafik, aka The Zoology Guy

August 19, 2020

Yussef Rafik, host of BUG FACE on BBC Earth, joins us to share his love for insects, and to chat about insect decline and the things we can do to save the planet's most important but underrated creatures.

The Wildlife Trusts' Action for Insects campaign and advice booklets: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/take-action-insects

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Lockdown and the environment: changes that can last?

Lockdown and the environment: changes that can last?

August 5, 2020

Emerging from lockdown, eyes blinking in the sunlight and masks firmly on, Emma and Lloyd ARE BACK for season 3! In this episode, we talk about COVID and the environment. We’ve all seen the amazing stories of dolphins in Venetian canals, goats wandering the streets of Llandudno (Emma can’t pronounce this) and clear skies over our busiest of megacities, but has the perceived environmental benefit been as significant as hoped? And, perhaps more importantly, can it last? STATISTICS. PERSPECTIVE. POOR BANTER. FWIE is back!

 

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