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Controlling Plant Disease in the UK with Nicola Spence

Controlling Plant Disease in the UK with Nicola Spence

October 25, 2021

In the last 20 months, controlling diseases or viruses has been dominating the news, but what if we told you, there's a whole other side to disease or pest control that we rarely hear about, & that's plant disease.

This week on Into The Foliage, Jan & I are super lucky to have a chat with the UK Chief Plant Health Advisor for the UK, Nicola Spence. Nicola opened the door to show us just how much work goes on to keep our native species & our garden plants safe from disease & pests. As Jan & I say on this show, we will never say we are busy again after talking with Nicola!

If you'd like to keep up to date with Nicola then you can follow her on Twitter @plantchief

To follow us on social media visit @intothewildpod for Twitter & @intothewildpodcast for Instagram. You can also find Jan on @janetgarnercomedy or Ryan on @mrryanjdalton

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Into The Foliage is your monthly plant podcast series part of Into The Wild, bringing you chat from professionals about a huge variety of leafy topics.

This episode is sponsored by Leica Sport Optics.

 

Curlews & Corncrakes with Nick Acheson

Curlews & Corncrakes with Nick Acheson

October 18, 2021

Now hear me out. I KNOW I've said in the past that birds are not my thing & I don't find them that interesting.....& they're not & I don't, I stand by that, but I will never underestimate their importance. 

This week I welcome a guest that focuses specifically on 2 UK species to discuss what's happened to them, what's being done for them & why these birds are so important for the UK & it's biodiversity. Birder & naturalist Nick Acheson has a wealth of experience working around the world working to bring people closer to it's wildlife & now, since committing to not flying, he finds himself in Norfolk working to save the Curlew & Corncrake.

If you'd like to keep up to date with Nick, you can follow him on Twitter @themarshtit

To follow us on social media visit @intothewildpod for Twitter & @intothewildpodcast for Instagram. You can also find Ryan on @mrryanjdalton

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Into The Wild is your weekly wildlife, nature & conservation podcast, bringing you chat from professionals about a huge variety of wild topics.

This episode is sponsored by Leica Sport Optics.

Badgers & Bovine TB with Alick Simmons

Badgers & Bovine TB with Alick Simmons

October 11, 2021

Every year in England, the topic of Bovine TB & Badgers hits the media, & rightly so. Our governments solution to try to eradicate this disease or control the problem is to shoot A LOT of badgers. Has it worked? What else could be done? Why lethal control? Is this affecting badgers? Could we not try something less....aggressive?

These are all questions I wanted answers to & I was lucky enough to get the chance to talk with veterinarian & naturalist Alick Simmons about this very topic. Alick has had a extensive career working in public health, animal welfare & epidemic disease control & I was keen to get the run down on what the heck has been going on with B-TB for the last several years.

If you'd like to keep up to date with Alick, you can follow him on Twitter @AlickSimmons

To follow us on social media visit @intothewildpod for Twitter & @intothewildpodcast for Instagram. You can also find Ryan on @mrryanjdalton

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Into The Wild is your weekly wildlife, nature & conservation podcast, bringing you chat from professionals about a huge variety of wild topics.

This episode is sponsored by Leica Sport Optics.

   

Finding Your Ikigai with Tania Esteban

Finding Your Ikigai with Tania Esteban

October 4, 2021

I love chatting with wildlife filmmakers. It's never the same & always reveals new discoveries.

This episode feels like it's been in the planning ever since Into The Wild began back in March 2020 because that's almost when I contacted this week's guest to ask her to be on the show. We both finally were able to pin a date in & I got the absolute pleasure to talk with assistant producer for Silverback Films, Tania Esteban.

Diving in to the style of Tania's filmmaking & what she loves most about making & watching documentaries to focusing on a short film Tania made & released during August & the Tokyo Olympics, The Guardians of Ikigai. This film is a beautiful mix of wildlife, culture & a sense of Japanese philosophy, which Tania dives beautifully into during this chat. 

If you'd like to keep up to date with Tania, you can follow her on Instagram @Tania.rose.esteban or on Twitter @Eagletigger

You can also watch Tania's short film, The Guardians of Ikigai here

To follow us on social media visit @intothewildpod for Twitter & @intothewildpodcast for Instagram. You can also find Ryan on @mrryanjdalton

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Into The Wild is your weekly wildlife, nature & conservation podcast, bringing you chat from professionals about a huge variety of wild topics.

This episode is sponsored by Leica Sport Optics.

Into The Foliage: Rare Plants & Disappearing Habitats with Gus Routledge

Into The Foliage: Rare Plants & Disappearing Habitats with Gus Routledge

September 27, 2021

It's not secret that the biodiversity of the UK (and the rest of the planet) is in deep deep trouble, but how often do we consider the plants in this? What kind of plants are rare in England, Scotland & Wales? What plants have we lost? And quite simply, why?

On this episode I (because Jan is not well at the moment GET WELL JAN) talk with ecologist in the highlands of Scotland, Gus Routledge.

Not only do we discuss rare plants, we also talk about why certain habitats are in trouble, what habitats we have lost & is it possible to bring these back.

If you'd like to keep up to date with Gus then you can follow him on Instagram & Twitter @pinkfootedgus

To follow us on social media visit @intothewildpod for Twitter & @intothewildpodcast for Instagram. You can also find Jan on @janetgarnercomedy or Ryan on @mrryanjdalton

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Into The Foliage is your monthly plant podcast series part of Into The Wild, bringing you chat from professionals about a huge variety of leafy topics.

This episode is sponsored by Leica Sport Optics.

The Use of Hunting for Conservation in the UK with Megan Rowland

The Use of Hunting for Conservation in the UK with Megan Rowland

September 20, 2021

Listeners of Into The Wild will know that I am always keen to talk about topics that can often be divisive or that people will already have strong views on. This is mainly because these topics sometimes have biases from each side when being discussed in media or online. This week's episode is one of those topics. I am joined by deer stalker & land manager Megan Rowland to discuss how hunting is used for conservation purposes in the UK.

Along with talking about how this works, Megan also explains the evolution of hunting in the UK & why it seems to be built around class when this isn't the case in other countries.

For this episode I ask you to leave your opinions or views to one side & remember shows like this are here to add to your research & not here to change your mind.

If you'd like to keep up to date with Megan is working on, you can follow her on Twitter @Wayfaringhind

To follow us on social media visit @intothewildpod for Twitter & @intothewildpodcast for Instagram. You can also find Ryan on @mrryanjdalton

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Into The Wild is your weekly wildlife, nature & conservation podcast, bringing you chat from professionals about a huge variety of wild topics.

This episode is sponsored by Leica Sport Optics.

Crocodilians with Laura Kojima

Crocodilians with Laura Kojima

September 13, 2021

FINALLY, after 72 episodes we are talking about my favourite group of animals, crocodilians!

A few months ago I stumbled across someone on Twitter who was sharing the most adorable baby Alligator content. So it's no surprise that this person joins me today on the show to discuss the wonderful world of crocodilians. Herpetologist & MS student at Georgia University, Laura Kojima, splashes into the world of these prehistoric reptiles from how many species there are, to where we can find them & most importantly, a baby crocodilian impression competition with myself!   

If you'd like to keep up to date with Laura is working on, you can follow her on Twitter @laurakojima

To follow us on social media visit @intothewildpod for Twitter & @intothewildpodcast for Instagram. You can also find Ryan on @mrryanjdalton

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Into The Wild is your weekly wildlife, nature & conservation podcast, bringing you chat from professionals about a huge variety of wild topics.

This episode is sponsored by Leica Sport Optics.

Basking Sharks & Conservation Conflicts with Isla Hodgson

Basking Sharks & Conservation Conflicts with Isla Hodgson

September 6, 2021

If you're a fan of nature (of course you are) & you're on social media (very likely too) then you will know that within the conservation industry there often debates or dare I say battles between people or organisations with opposing views. For example the shooting industry & the RSPB. This got me thinking, how does this affect the progress & overall end result of projects or debates. To help teach me more about this I spoke with conservation scientist & ambassador for Save Our Seas Foundation, Isla Hodgson.

Before we spoke about conservation conflicts I HAD to talk to Isla about another passion in her life, Basking Sharks. Isla has spent many hours in the presence of these wonderful animals & her love for them came across perfectly. We then swiftly moved on to discuss the human behaviour side of conservation conflicts & what impact this can have on the success for the protection of the planet.

If you'd like to keep up to date with Lucy is working on, you can follow her on Instagram @isladawn92

You can also read Isla's research paper here

AND check out her awesome podcast, The Whole Tooth here

To follow us on social media visit @intothewildpod for Twitter & @intothewildpodcast for Instagram. You can also find Ryan on @mrryanjdalton

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Into The Wild is your weekly wildlife, nature & conservation podcast, bringing you chat from professionals about a huge variety of wild topics.

This episode is sponsored by Leica Sport Optics.

Into The Foliage: Organic Gardening with The Wildlife Garden Pod

Into The Foliage: Organic Gardening with The Wildlife Garden Pod

August 30, 2021

It's been made incredibly clear that Jan & I love gardening & we spoke about that on the last episode of Into The Foliage HOWEVER one thing we haven't focused on yet is how to garden whilst being kind to the planet & wildlife. On this episode, we speak with hosts of The Wildlife Garden Podcast, Ellie & Ben all about that.

From how to deal with certain critters to where is best to buy plants & other gardening tools to ensure that your own private green space is not only great for you, but great for the things that want to visit it.

If you'd like to keep up to date with Ellie & Ben then you can follow them on Instagram & Twitter @thewildgdn

To follow us on social media visit @intothewildpod for Twitter & @intothewildpodcast for Instagram. You can also find Jan on @janetgarnercomedy or Ryan on @mrryanjdalton

Love the show or simply enjoyed this episode? You can buy us a coffee to say ta at https://ko-fi.com/intothewildpod

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Into The Foliage is your monthly plant podcast series part of Into The Wild, bringing you chat from professionals about a huge variety of leafy topics.

This episode is sponsored by Leica Sport Optics.

Sloths with Lucy Houliston

Sloths with Lucy Houliston

August 23, 2021

I've genuinely never heard someone say "Sloths? Me? Nah, not a fan." Because how could anyone not love them. So when I was sat wondering what animal to talk about next, it hit me......slowly (because it was a Sloth).

Joining me on this week's episode is NatGeo Young Explorer, Zoologist & Sloth advocate, Lucy Houliston. From where we can find them, to how many species & more importantly, what they sound like & how they.......you know....poop. Lucy dives into the detail. We also touch on the conservation of Sloths & not only why these animals are at risk but also why they are such an important ambassador species for their habitat.

After our chat we also spoke about another passion of Lucy's & that's "weird wildlife". Lucy has always favoured the 'not so loved' & is taking part in something called Change for Strange which she told me on about. 

If you'd like to keep up to date with Lucy is working on, you can follow her on Twitter @lucyhouliston

To follow us on social media visit @intothewildpod for Twitter & @intothewildpodcast for Instagram. You can also find Ryan on @mrryanjdalton

Love the show or simply enjoyed this episode? You can buy us a coffee to say ta at https://ko-fi.com/intothewildpod

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Into The Wild is your weekly wildlife, nature & conservation podcast, bringing you chat from professionals about a huge variety of wild topics.

This episode is sponsored by Leica Sport Optics.

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