wildlife

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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Connecting woodlands with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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George Jones is a wilder communities officer, and Ady Cox is a nature recovery advisor with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Here, they talk about the Derwent Connections project, aiming to create and connect woodlands and reduce flood risk through collaborative work with landowners and community organisations.

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.

Protecting our bees and insects with Dave Goulson

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Protecting our bees and insects with Dave Goulson
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Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex and Sunday Times bestselling author, recounts his journey from nature-curious child to bumblebee expert. On discovering declining numbers, Dave seeks to share the importance of bumblebee and insect conservation. Click on the title for the show notes.