Into The Wild
34. Snakes of the UK with Steve Allain

34. Snakes of the UK with Steve Allain

November 23, 2020

It still shocks people to learn that here in England, we have snakes, but we do & one person who loves this fact is PhD student who specialises in snakes & amphibians, Steve Allain.

The topic of snakes is a big one so we kept this more specific to UK species however of course I asked some of the general questions like, "are they all venomous?"  & "how the heck do they move?" but on from that, Steve told us all about the different species we can find here in this temperate island & how the vary.

As always, we also discussed the current condition snakes are in & what is causing some declines. The usual suspects came up but at the end Steve highlights organisations to focus on in order to learn more about these reptilian beauties.

If you'd like to keep up to date with the projects & work Steve is working on, you can do so on Instagram & Twitter @steveoallain.

Don't forget You can get in touch with me at intothewildpod@gmail.com or on social media @intothewildpod on Twitter @intothewildpodcast on Instagram. Whether it's just to say hello, share some thoughts on an episode or even to let me know you'd like to hear about next! 

33. Rewilding the Land with Derek Gow

33. Rewilding the Land with Derek Gow

November 16, 2020

It's been said many times that rewilding land & reintroductions of species is key to saving biodiversity & assisting with the battle of climate change. One man that knows not only the info but the challenges of the work itself is ecologist, reintroduction specialist, farmer & author of Bringing Back The Beaver, Derek Gow.

I feel pumped after every chat I do for Into The Wild however this conversation with Derek left me feeling that tad bit more motivated. From chats about what rewilding is to how it is done & with what species, to the more complex points of what we need to be careful about & the big question for me, we will ever have wolves back? Derek gives some great detail in this show & I am super excited to bring it to you all.

If you'd like to keep up to date with the projects & work Derek is working on, you can do so on Instagram @derekjgow & Twitter @derek_gow.

Derek's book is also available on all major book sites but we recommend Bookshop.org. You can find the link to Derek's book at this site below:

https://uk.bookshop.org/books/bringing-back-the-beaver-the-story-of-one-man-s-quest-to-rewild-britain-s-waterways/9781603589963 

Don't forget You can get in touch with me at intothewildpod@gmail.com or on social media @intothewildpod on Twitter @intothewildpodcast on Instagram. Whether it's just to say hello, share some thoughts on an episode or even to let me know you'd like to hear about next! 

32. UK Bird Crime Part2 with Jack Baddams

32. UK Bird Crime Part2 with Jack Baddams

November 9, 2020

This week's episode is part 2 of our chat about UK Bird Crime & this time I chat with birder & ornithologist, Jack Baddams.

Before getting into the chat about bird crime, I spoke with Jack about the world of bird ringing, his favourite birds of swifts & corvids & how many birds have been ticked off of Jack's "to see" list.

Then, of course, we did speak about Bird Crime. I asked Jack what the main issues are & what the next steps are to challenge & put a stop to something that is so damaging to bird populations.

If you'd like to keep up to date with the projects & work Jack is working on, you can do so on Instagram @jabaddams & Twitter @jackbaddams.

Don't forget You can get in touch with me at intothewildpod@gmail.com or on social media @intothewildpod on Twitter @intothewildpodcast on Instagram. Whether it's just to say hello, share some thoughts on an episode or even to let me know you'd like to hear about next! 

Into The Foliage: An Introduction

Into The Foliage: An Introduction

November 2, 2020

Plants are at the heart of everything with nature, so how could we not dive deeper.

Welcome to a brand new side series of Into The Wild. A podcast show about about the wonders of nature's plants, trees, grasses, mosses & fungi called Into the Foliage.

Ryan is joined by a new co-host for this series, comedian Janet Garner (@janetgarnercomedy), where they both chat to experts in the wild world of botany. They will cover everything from the science behind plants, the wonders of different species, why wildflowers are so important, gardening tips, weird world of fungi & even the trade of house plants. This new series has everything that green fingered plant lovers could want.

This first episode, An Introduction, is a chat with Ryan & Janet as they give the reasons behind their love for plants & gardening, tell us their favourites & least favourites & share their successes in gardening over lockdown.

We have many exciting guests lined up for this series & as always you can get in touch with us at intothewildpod@gmail.com or follow us on social media @intothewildpod on Twitter & @intothewildpodcast on Instagram.

31. Tigers & Conservation in Nepal with Samantha Helle

31. Tigers & Conservation in Nepal with Samantha Helle

October 26, 2020

I mean, let's be honest, who doesn't love a tiger? I certainly wouldn't trust those who don't & one person who loves them along with many other big cats, is conservation biologist & founder of Project Conservation, Sam Helle. 

From why tigers are stripey, how powerful they are, how Sam ended up working in Nepal & some pretty exciting on location stories with wildlife encounters, this chat has it all.

I also asked Sam about her work at Project Conservation, how it was set up & what it aims to do. I learnt so much & one of my main takeaways was how incredible Nepal sounds as a country & how they are leading the way with community lead conservation.

If you'd like to keep up to date with the projects & work Sam is working on, you can do so on Instagram & Twitter @samanthaiam.

Don't forget You can get in touch with me at intothewildpod@gmail.com or on social media @intothewildpod on Twitter @intothewildpodcast on Instagram. Whether it's just to say hello, share some thoughts on an episode or even to let me know you'd like to hear about next! 

 

Until next time, keep well, stay safe & live the good life.

30. On Location with Heath Hands (Hampstead Heath)

30. On Location with Heath Hands (Hampstead Heath)

October 19, 2020

I can not tell you how good it was to finally get out my house & record an episode ON LOCATION & even better, it was at a green space I know very well, as it's 10 minutes from my house & where I walk my daycare dogs a& that's Hampstead Heath.

I met with Jo & Rory from Heath Hands, a conservation & Community organisation that assist heath ecologists & rangers along with a team of volunteers to manage an area like Hampstead Heath. From litter picking to wildlife surveys, this team really do it all.

If you'd like to keep up to date with the projects & work Heath Hands is working on, you can do so on Instagram @Heath_Hands & Twitter @HeathHands.

Don't forget You can get in touch with me at intothewildpod@gmail.com or on social media @intothewildpod on Twitter @intothewildpodcast on Instagram. Whether it's just to say hello, share some thoughts on an episode or even to let me know you'd like to hear about next.

 
 
29. Farming with Nature with Dave Barker

29. Farming with Nature with Dave Barker

October 12, 2020

I think it's well know that us humans are using a hell of a lot of land for food, much more than is needed. On today's show I spoke to ecologist & woodsman (best job title ever) Dave Barker about regenerative farming & how we can once again work with the land & nature to create high standard, environmentally friendly & affordable food.

From going into details of how Dave's farm works to the real errors & issues of industrial farming, Dave strips it all back to clearly show how easy it really is to re-wild some areas & use the land more skillfully.

If you'd like to keep up to date with the projects & work Dave is working on, you can do so on Twitter & Instagram @WoodlandDave.

Don't forget You can get in touch with me at intothewildpod@gmail.com or on social media @intothewildpod on Twitter @intothewildpodcast on Instagram. Whether it's just to say hello, share some thoughts on an episode or even to let me know you'd like to hear about next! 

28. UK Bird Crime with Indy Greene

28. UK Bird Crime with Indy Greene

October 5, 2020

On a previous episode with Lucy Lapwing, we discussed how NOT BORING UK wildlife is, and today we prove that point even more by discussing raptors that call this nation, their home.

My guest, Indy Greene, a young naturalist, birder & campaigner, joins me to discuss the different types of raptors we can see, where they like to live & why they are important. Not only that, but Indy is very talented when it comes to bird calls, which of course, I made him demonstrate on the show.

We briefly discussed a topic that has been in the media a lot in the last few weeks & that's raptor persecution. From what it is & what it can mean for raptors, to details of the recent RSPB 2019 incident report, Indy clearly & passionately tells us more on this topic.

If you'd like to keep up to date with the projects & work Indy is working on, you can do so on Twitter & Instagram @Greeneindy. The link to the RSPB Raptor Incident Report can be found below:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/wildlife-and-the-law/wild-bird-crime/birdcrime-report-2019/

Don't forget You can get in touch with me at intothewildpod@gmail.com or on social media @intothewildpod on Twitter & @intothewildpodcast on Instagram. Whether it's just to say hello, share some thoughts on an episode or even to let me know you'd like to hear about next! 

27. Waste, Sustainability & Oatly with Laura Young

27. Waste, Sustainability & Oatly with Laura Young

September 28, 2020

It's doesn't matter which animal or environment we discuss here on Into The Wild, what always comes up is the damage that deforestation & pollution has on nature, so this week I decided to dive a bit deeper into this topic with climate activist & sustainability writer Laura Young aka Less Waste Laura.

From what materials are the worst, how to avoid them & to does recycling work & what we can do in our own homes, Laura covers so much great detail in this short chat.

We also spoke about the recent Blackstone investments with the alternative milk company Oatly. Who are Blackstone? Why is they problematic & why is this bad? Again, it's covered here by Laura who spoke with Oatly themselves. 

If you'd like to keep up to date with the projects & work Laura is working on, you can do so on Twitter & Instagram @Lesswastelaura & you can check out here website www.lesswastelaura.com. Don't forget You can get in touch with me at intothewildpod@gmail.com or on social media @intothewildpod on Twitter & @intothewildpodcast on Instagram. Whether it's just to say hello, share some thoughts on an episode or even to let me know you'd like to hear about next! 

26. Trophy Hunting Recap with Amy Dickman & Prof Adam Hart

26. Trophy Hunting Recap with Amy Dickman & Prof Adam Hart

September 21, 2020

A few weeks ago we released an episode all about Trophy Hunting with 3 Namibian people who know first hand about this topic. After seeing the "mostly good" reaction to the show, I decided I wanted to record a follow up episode with 2 more experts on African conservation, Amy Dickman & Pro Adam Hart.

We discussed not only the reaction to Into The Wild's episode but the reaction to the topic all together. From the common patterns to some quite problematic stances. I also got the chance to ask Amy & Adam about what they think of charities here in the UK who are campaigning to ban trophy hunting.

And finally, the Q&A, where YOU GUYS sent in your questions. Many were quite similar so I condensed these down into a handful of questions.

If you'd like to keep up to date with the projects & work Amy & Adam are working on, you can do so on Twitter @AdamHartScience & @AmyDickman4. Don't forget You can get in touch with me at intothewildpod@gmail.com or on social media @intothewildpod on Twitter & @intothewildpodcast on Instagram. Whether it's just to say hello, share some thoughts on an episode or even to let me know you'd like to hear about next! 

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