nature

Creating and connecting woodlands

The importance of woodlands Trees have umpteen benefits; biodiversity, climate change, flooding, air pollution, soil and human health (see this blog for more details).  Woodlands are home to more wildlife species than any other habitat. The state of woodlands today Woodlands are essential landscapes but have been diminished and fractured worldwide through human-based activities, such …

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Young People’s Forest with Sabaha Hussein

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Young People’s Forest with Sabaha Hussein
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In a gap year following her science A-levels, Sabaha Hussein took up an NCS Year of Service placement with the Woodland Trust. She shares her experiences at the Young People’s Forest at Mead in Derbyshire, where local people helped plant ~250,000 trees benefiting both people and the planet.

Mammals in decline

What is a mammal? Mammals, which includes us (and your furry pets), are vertebrate animals (with backbones) characterised by: Young nourished with milk from their mothers. Having hair (in whales, this only occurs in the foetal stage). A lower jaw hinged directly to the skull. The inclusion of 3 bones in their ears for transmitting …

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Mammal monitoring and conservation with Charlie Le Marquand

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Mammal monitoring and conservation with Charlie Le Marquand
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Charlie Le Marquand is the data and information officer for the Mammal Society, whose vital role of determining mammal populations and habitats informs conservation. Charlie shares her enthusiasm and knowledge of British mammals and how we can all get involved in recording their whereabouts. Click on the title for the show notes.

Rewilding

What is rewilding? Rewilding is the restoration of ecosystems by implementing interventions to the point at which nature can take care of itself. Richard Bunting presents a comprehensive picture of rewilding in his podcast episode. What is the difference between conservation and rewilding? Conservation is the protection and preservation of natural landscapes, ecosystems and species.  …

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Rewilding with Richard Bunting

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Rewilding with Richard Bunting
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Richard Bunting is Director of Communications & Campaigns International, possessing considerable involvement with organisations prioritising nature. He has much to share on rewilding; what it is, what it looks like, and where it can happen, presenting examples and indicating the myriad of benefits to nature and people. Click on the title for the show notes.

Equality, diversity and inclusion within the environmental sector

It was so illuminating having Helena Craig on the podcast to chat about the lack of equality, diversity and inclusion in the environment sector, and hear her ideas on what can be done about it. The evidence indicates that we have some way to go in living within a society where everyone is valued equally. Why equal …

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Visible minority ethnic communities and nature with Helena Craig

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Visible minority ethnic communities and nature with Helena Craig
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Helena Craig is chair of Black2Nature, an environmental organisation promoting equal access to nature for all through running camps for visible ethnic minority children, conferences and campaigning. An insightful conversation on equality, diversity and inclusion within the environmental sector. Click on the title for the show notes.

Ecosystem restoration with Pieter van der Gaag

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Ecosystem restoration with Pieter van der Gaag
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Pieter van der Gaag is the Executive Director of Ecosystem Restoration Camps. In this episode, he talks to me about how this global movement aims to repair broken ecosystems, restore biodiversity and improve the livelihoods of communities, through collaboration of local people and visiting campers. Click on the title for the show notes.