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UK Bird Crime Part 3 with RSPB

UK Bird Crime Part 3 with RSPB

February 1, 2021

Welcome to part 3 of our mini series about UK Bird Crime. After learning about raptor persecution, I decided to dive in deeper & learn as much as I could finishing up the series with a chat with a in the field ranger for the RSPB, Patrick.

I chat to Patrick about his experiences dealing with bird crime often face to face & what measures he & his team go to, to prevent & investigate incidents.

A slight warning for this show, we do talk about graphic scenarios involving animal abuse.

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

Don't forget you can now become a part of Into The Wild's Patreon at www.patreon.com/intothewildpodcast & gain access to exclusive shows.

You can also 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.

Wildlife Photography with Luke Massey

Wildlife Photography with Luke Massey

January 25, 2021

Over the last 12 months, we have all appreciated nature more & many of us have been documenting it, whether that be on a DSLR or the camera on our phones, but wildlife photography is so much more. I always wondered how people get fully into it. How does it become a job? What are the highs & what are the challenges?

On this episode I find out as I speak with award winning wildlife photographer Luke Massey.

From the story of how he got into wildlife photography, some of his experiences & even challenging the ethics involved with the job, this episode is packed with tips & bits of advice for any future photographers.

Luke finishes with telling us the story of Wild Finca. A project he & his partner have set up to agro-rewild a plot of land in North Spain.

Thanks again for listening. If you'd like to keep up to date with the projects & work Luke is working on, you can do so on Instagram & Twitter @LMasseyImages.

You can now become a part of Into The Wild's Patreon at www.patreon.com/intothewildpodcast & gain access to exclusive shows, including a short extra episode with Megan.

You can also 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.

Winter Appreciation with Megan McCubbin

Winter Appreciation with Megan McCubbin

January 18, 2021

Ooof put that heating on & make me a brew IT'S WINTER! A time of year that many of us may shiver at or prefer to hibernate under the duvet with some snacks & a Netflix marathon, but, should we appreciate it more?

This week I spoke to zoologist & wildlife presenter Megan McCubbin as she gears up for the next installment of BBC's The Watches, with WinterWatch.

Megan dives into telling us what winter is all about for nature & why it really is a drastic time for wildlife & combining that with what we can look out for both out in the sticks & in cities. We also discuss The Watches themselves & talk about how different they've been in the last year with the many lockdowns we have faced.

Last but certainly not least, I ask Megan how a project of hers & her step dad's, the Self Isolating Bird Club, came to be.

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

Don't forget you can now become a part of Into The Wild's Patreon at www.patreon.com/intothewildpodcast & gain access to exclusive shows, including a short extra episode with Megan.

You can also 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: Go Look For Fungi with Ali McKernan

Into The Foliage: Go Look For Fungi with Ali McKernan

January 11, 2021

We've seen them in food, in fairytales, in folklore, in documentaries & pretty much anywhere we go but still, do we know much about them. In this episode of Into The Foliage we speak with Fungi enthusiast, Ali McKernan, aka The FUNgi Guy.

I promise you will laugh throughout this episode as Ali takes us into the world of fungi from how he got hooked, the variety, the benefits & pretty much everything you'd ever want to you.

Ali has a wonderful YouTube channel you should check out with his own mini series called Mico-Heros. The link for his series is below:

The FUNgi Guy on YouTube

If you'd like to keep up to date with the projects & work Ali is working on, you can do so on Instagram @the.fungi.guy. You can also get in touch with Jan & I at intothewildpod@gmail.com or on social media @intothewildpod in Twitter & @intothewildpodcast on Instagram. Whether it's just to say hey, share some thoughts on the show or even let us know what green part of nature you want to hear about next.

Understanding Poaching with Gabi Fleury

Understanding Poaching with Gabi Fleury

January 4, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 series of Into The Wild & DAMN do we have, not only exciting episodes to bring to you this year, BUT a new section of Into The Wild that will be dropping in the very near future. I know, blooming exciting right?

HOOOOOOWEVER, right now we are here for today's episode & this week I spoke with carnivore biologist Gabi Fleury about the heavy & difficult topic of poaching. WOOOO 2021 LET'S TALK ABOUT DEATH! 

Seriously though, I decided to put this episode first because it's what I believe this new year is in need of. Discussion & listening. Even when it's topics that make us uncomfortable. That's certainly what Into The Wild believes in. So that's what Gabi & I did. They told me all about their career working in field trying to solve predator & community conflict & the reasons why poaching even exists.

I also asked Gabi what their thoughts or feelings are when they read or hear of people suggesting, poachers should be killed.

Gabi says it clearly. Don't devalue human life. Accept that humans are part of a holistic ecosystem & the best way to help wildlife, if Gabi could change one thing? End poverty.

Disclaimer, we talk about poaching. Instruction, listen with an open mind.

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

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! 

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:

https://store.leica-camera.com/uk/en/ultravid-8x20-br

 

 

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! 

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