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Largest Private Aquarium in Britain ft Jack Heathcote #97

Largest Private Aquarium in Britain ft Jack Heathcote #97

November 30, 2021

In this weeks show I’m talking to Jack Heathcote who lives in Carlton in Nottingham and has the largest private aquarium in the country. Its nearly 7ft deep and has a variety of native freshwater fish in their putting my fish tank to shame! He also makes custom aquariums and his website is linked below.

 

This was shot on location and you can hear the tank in the background so that’s the faint noise in the background. We talk about what set jack up on his fish tank journey, the costs of keeping such a huge tank, the maintenance and what species he has.

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Filming Animal Courtship & Storytelling ft Tania Esteban #96

Filming Animal Courtship & Storytelling ft Tania Esteban #96

November 23, 2021

On today's show I’m chatting to Tania Esteban who is a zoologist, self shooting assistant producer and wildlife filmmaker. She's worked on many high profile natural history series like Planet Earth II and The Mating Game as well as producing her own impactful films. Myself and Tania discuss if she enjoys the editorial process, what its like working for netflix and filming animal sex!

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Making Beer To Help Wildlife ft Greame Denton #95

Making Beer To Help Wildlife ft Greame Denton #95

November 16, 2021

In todays show I have Greame Denton who is the managing director of from the notebook beer which is a company formed in 2012 to celebrate the diversity of British wildlife through the lovely drink that is beer! They donate money from each beer sold to help fund wildlife charities. 

In todays chat we sample three beers while looking at what gave him the idea to start the company, how much many has been raised for charity and hangover cures! Here’s the chat.

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Exploring British Marine life ft Miranda Krestovnikoff #94

Exploring British Marine life ft Miranda Krestovnikoff #94

November 9, 2021

In this weeks show I’m talking to Miranda Krestovnikoff who is president of the RSPB and a tv presenter best known for appearances on the one show and coast.  Miranda studied zoology at the university of Bristol and is closely associated with marine environments which she has a deep passion for exploring and preserving.

 

We talk about the challenges of presenting underwater, what being the president of the RSPB entails and threats to Britains marine life here’s are chat

 

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Great White Sharks in The UK? ft Richard Pierce #93

Great White Sharks in The UK? ft Richard Pierce #93

November 2, 2021

This week I talk to Shark expert Richard Pierce being a trustee of The Shark Trust and founder of The Shark Conservation Society. We talk about the likelihood of there being great white sharks in Britain, examine the possible sitings and the closet confirmed records of them to the british coastline.

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Helping British Hedgehogs ft Hugh Warwick #92

Helping British Hedgehogs ft Hugh Warwick #92

October 26, 2021

In this weeks show I’m talking to Hugh Warwick is an ecologist and author with a particular passion for hedgehogs - he is the spokesperson for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, has written three books (so far) about them and a book about beavers on the way.

Today myself and Hugh waffle about what food you should give hedgehogs, are the houses we put out for them any good and why they are in such a steep decline

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Beneath Cornish Rockpools ft Heather Buttivant #91

Beneath Cornish Rockpools ft Heather Buttivant #91

October 19, 2021

In this episode I’m talking to heather buttivant about a subject close to my heart Cornish rock pools! A native to north cornwall her interest in rock pools has persisted from childhood into adult life and she’s volunteered with cornwall wildlife trust and written books including Rockpool : the extrodianty encounters between tides. 

We talk about why rockpools fascinate her, the best places in cornwall to go rock pooling and hw tough some of the critters are that call rock pools home.

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Tales from Wildlife TV ft James Brickell #90

Tales from Wildlife TV ft James Brickell #90

October 12, 2021

In this weeks show I’m talking to bbc natural history unit producer James Brickell who’s worked on a host of acclaimed tv series such as life in cold blood, the great barrier reef, deadly 60 and many more.

Today myself and James waffle about how we meet, what its like working with David Attenborough, the career path to being a producer and what moments really stood out to him traveling across the globe.

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Making Wildlife Art Out of Scrap Metal ft Harriet Mead #89

Making Wildlife Art Out of Scrap Metal ft Harriet Mead #89

October 5, 2021

In todays show I’m chatting to wildlife artist Harriet mead. Harriet specialises in sculpting animals out of scrap metal turning thrown away junk into pieces of art. Her sculptures an are quirky combination of metal and her love of the subject.

Today we talk about how she combines nature and art, the process of sculpting a animal and how long it takes.

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Foraging in Britain ft Dave Hamilton #88

Foraging in Britain ft Dave Hamilton #88

September 28, 2021

This week I speak to Dave Hamilton who is a keen forager as we talk about where you can forage in the uk and laws around it, how to watch out for deadly mushrooms and how you can drink your wife's urine after ingesting mushrooms to get high!

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Life as a Wildlife TV Researcher ft Sophie Pierce #87

Life as a Wildlife TV Researcher ft Sophie Pierce #87

September 21, 2021

This week I speak to wildlife tv researcher Sophie Pierce as we talk about what kind of ideas are best to pitch, what a researcher does and the frustrating aspects of the job.

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Debunking Pond Myths ft Jules Howard #86

Debunking Pond Myths ft Jules Howard #86

September 14, 2021

Many of you will know I’m a keen wildlife gardener and love me a pond so I’ve wanted to do a podcast on wildlife ponds for a while. Probably the best book on the market about the subject is written by todays guest Jules Howard, titles the wildlife pond book. Its well worth a read if you haven’t got a copy. 

We are going to do something slightly different today and rather then straight questions I’m going to be putting all the biggest pond myths to Jules to get to the bottom of them like do plastic herons really keep real ones away and does barley straw really get rid of blanket weed? Lets find out here’s our chat.

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10 Best Plants For Wildlife Gardens ft Wildlife Garden Podcast #85

10 Best Plants For Wildlife Gardens ft Wildlife Garden Podcast #85

September 6, 2021

In todays episode I’m speaking with Ellie & Ben from The Wildlife Garden Podcast and also Ellies Wellies which are a  Nottingham-based garden maintenance company and consultancy that specialises in wildlife gardens using organic methods.

Ellie and Ben set up one of the first totally organic garden maintenance companies in the UK, Ellie’s Wellies Organic Gardening. No matter what size the garden, Ellie and Ben help to bring nature in with the three key things for wildlife; shelter, water and food. Once a fortnight they release an episode of their podcast – The Wildlife Garden Podcast – where they give planting advice, interview guests and discuss the up to date science behind things we can all do for wildlife at home.

What these to don’t know about plants ain't worth knowing and I’ve set the them challenge to pick 5 plants you should have in your wildlife garden and I’ve also picked five, not that I particularly know what I’m talking about but pretty flowers.

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Why Fieldcraft is Key in Wildlife Photography ft Dan Rushton #84

Why Fieldcraft is Key in Wildlife Photography ft Dan Rushton #84

August 31, 2021

This week I’m joined by wildlife photographer dan Ruston. Dan is based in Dorset and quite frankly is a master at fieldcraft getting closer to species like roe deer, peregrine and red fox which he has a special affinity for. 

We talk about what fieldcraft really means in wildlife photography, the use of commercial hides and how starting off in a gamekeeping background helped his photography. Here’s are chat.

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Human Parasites (Worms, Lice & Malaria) ft Sheena Cruickshank #83

Human Parasites (Worms, Lice & Malaria) ft Sheena Cruickshank #83

August 24, 2021

This week I’m talking to Sheena Cruickshank about parasites that love nothing more then living in the human body. She’s a professor at the university of Manchester and specialities in immunity & infection.

We talk about 50ft worms in your gut, how pubic lice are declining and how some parasites might actually make you healthier. 

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Record Fish & Burbot ft Chris Yates #82

Record Fish & Burbot ft Chris Yates #82

August 17, 2021

In todays episode I’m having a chin wag with Chris Yates, Chris is an angler preferring to use more traditional techniques and is well known for being part of Hugh miles passion for angling as well as catching the bishop a former uk record carp. Chris is also a brilliant writer and naturalist and we spoke for hours about bird watching after the podcast. I have to thank Hugh miles for setting this up as it was part of a fundraiser for Britains hidden fishes and all and in all was a fabulous day.

We talk about what british record fish  Chris would want to beat now, the mysterious burbot and put some listeners questions to him. 

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How Nature Influences Music ft Kitty Macfarlane #81

How Nature Influences Music ft Kitty Macfarlane #81

August 10, 2021

Today I’m talking to singer - song writer kitty Macfarlane who mashes up folk tunes with natural sounds to make some incredible pieces of music. She’s guest presented radio shows on BBC Radio 3 & 4 was nominated for a horizon award. Her debut album namer of clouds is out now.

We chat about why she uses nature as a theme for her music, how she incorporates the sounds of nature into her songs and why she wrote a song about eels!

https://www.kittymacfarlane.com/

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A Career in Wildlife Filmmaking ft Bertie Gregory #80

A Career in Wildlife Filmmaking ft Bertie Gregory #80

August 3, 2021

This week I’m joined by Bertie Gregory who is a British wildlife filmmaker. He’s been named a National Geographic Young Explorer and The Youth Outdoor Photographer of the year, Bertie's goal is to find stories that get people to fall in love with the natural world.Bertie currently splits his time between shooting behind the camera as a cinematographer for the BBC's landmark series and hosting shows for National Geographic. Bertie recently won a BAFTA for his cinematography in the latest BBC David Attenborough series, ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’.

http://www.bertiegregory.com/ 

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Is Wildlife Photography Dead? BONUS PODCAST

Is Wildlife Photography Dead? BONUS PODCAST

July 30, 2021

In this Bonus episode I talk about the topic of wildlife photography going into decline as a career choice. Is it still a viable career and what have been the changes in it over the years?

 

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The Harsh Reality of Being a Wildlife Camera Operator ft Jessica Mitchell #79

The Harsh Reality of Being a Wildlife Camera Operator ft Jessica Mitchell #79

July 27, 2021

This week I’m with wildlife camerawomen Jessica Mitchell who is well known for her variety of work including time-lapse, topside and especially underwater. She’s filmed for groups such as Natural World, BBC & Oxford scientific films to name a few. 

Today we cover the pressures of being a wildlife camera op, whether it should even be called cameraman or camera operator and the distant lack of women in that role plus much more. Here’s our chat.

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