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Gillian Burke-Watch - A chat with Gillian Burke

Gillian Burke-Watch - A chat with Gillian Burke

December 14, 2020

We all watch nature shows on TV....right? Surely you must & these shows always have a face, a voice, a person. Telling us the information we need to fully understand what we are seeing, but how hard is that? Being that person? Both behind & in front of the screen. Well, on today's show & the last episode of 2020, I talk to Spring & Autumn Watch presenter, biologist, voiceover artist, producer, newly appointed vice president of the wildlife trusts AND mother, Gillian Burke.

It was, as always, a pleasure to chat & to hear about Gillian's career & her memories of where it's taken her. Her message? Simple, be yourself & slow down. We talk about the pressure of a presenter, Gillian's favourite invertebrates, a close up with a grey seal, her new role at The Wildlife Trust & what she hopes for the future.

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

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! 

This episode is sponsored by Leica Sport Optics. Looking for the perfect Christmas present for you or the nature enthusiast you love? Look no further than the Leica Ultravid BR Binoculars. A link for this product can be found below:

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Corals with Rosie Steinberg

Corals with Rosie Steinberg

December 7, 2020

We all know what Corals are & we all know what they do but do we REALLY know? I certainly didn't, it turns out, but with the help of this week's guest, marine coral scientist & PhD student Rosie Steinberg, I now know so much more & approximately 40 minutes time, so will you.

We dived into the world of Corals learning how they develop, the relationships they have with other animals & organisms & the wonderful things they do that pretty much help the entire planet.

You'll definitely come away with a new found love & huge respect for these weird & delicate creatures.

The links with more information about the organisations that Rosie speaks about in this episode, can be found below:

Reef Restoration & Adaptation Program from James Cook University: https://www.aims.gov.au/research/reef-recovery/RRAP#:~:text=RRAP%20brings%20together%20some%20of,is%20decided%20action%20is%20needed.

Fragments of Hope in Belize:
Hope for Reefs through the California Academy of Sciences:

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

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: Orchids with Leif Bersweden

Into The Foliage: Orchids with Leif Bersweden

November 30, 2020

Welcome to the first PROPER episode of Into The Foliage.

Embracing plants is not something we see enough of in mainstream media however this months guest on Into The Foliage certainly changes that. Author & botanist Leif Bersweden joins Jan & Ryan to chat about his love for the green side of nature & his fascination of orchids.

Leif tells us how he became an expert of UK wild plant identification, shares the story of his love for a certain oak tree & blows Jan & Ryan's mind when telling tales of life of orchids.

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

You can also check out Leif's book, The Orchid Hunter at the below link:

https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-orchid-hunter-a-young-botanist-s-search-for-happiness/9781780723525

Don't forget you can get in touch with Jan & Ryan 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 let us know what you want to hear about next.

Snakes of the UK with Steve Allain

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! 

Rewilding the Land with Derek Gow

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! 

UK Bird Crime Part2 with Jack Baddams

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.

Tigers & Conservation in Nepal with Samantha Helle

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.

On Location with Heath Hands (Hampstead Heath)

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.

 
 
Farming with Nature with Dave Barker

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! 

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