140: Salmon Aquaculture and Coastal Communities with John Aitchison

https://open.spotify.com/episode/68wGiZaj9g8HjK1lw4TFBP?si=04d6ecd6e3b249c0 I knew that salmon farming was bad but I didn’t realise quite how bad it really is. Salmon aquaculture creates massive ecological and welfare issues for the fish. Both farmed fish as well as wild fish populations are negatively affected by open-net aquaculture. And that is even before I mention the impacts the industry … Continue reading 140: Salmon Aquaculture and Coastal Communities with John Aitchison

136: The Politics of Nature Restoration with Ariel Brunner

https://open.spotify.com/episode/77jBeEfcKE0aXaOMobx2dH?si=f05583dd51364e35 Successful nature restoration, species conservation and even access to hunting grounds depends on land management policies. They are the foundation of everything we do in nature and to nature. Unfortunately, this means politics. No matter how much time conservationists spend in the field, planting trees, rewetting bogs or rewiggling rivers and streams, without solid … Continue reading 136: The Politics of Nature Restoration with Ariel Brunner

135: Wilder Bison with Paul Whitfield

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7oQWO015OITyPVjoumq2tT?si=8e41a8e8a22748af The Wilder Bleen project is a cooperation between Wildwood Trust and Kent Wildlife Trust. It received an immense amount of coverage in the press worldwide, not only in nature magazines like National Geographic and Mongabay but also in the mainstream media. The goal of the project is to promote natural habitat recovery by restoring … Continue reading 135: Wilder Bison with Paul Whitfield

Episode 122: Eco Defense Group with Nathan Edmondson

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0ipj6K1xlZdWiMJUw3cYsn?si=af88fad458724982 Once again I had the pleasure to talk with Nathan Edmondson, co-founder and President of Eco Defense Group, an organization that supports frontline wildlife rangers who face danger from direct conflict with poachers. In the episode, we get an update from Nathan about the latest situation in Africa and the state of affairs in … Continue reading Episode 122: Eco Defense Group with Nathan Edmondson

Episode 111: Shepherds of Wildlife with Tom Opre

https://open.spotify.com/episode/21OzaKKQR2z9OeVn8SLbOG?si=905b4b1877da461c Recently I’ve noticed, and sometimes participated, in discussions about the fact that wildlife conservation can never be successful if the needs of local, indigenous peoples are not taken care of first. It becomes especially apparent when Western environmental NGOs move into Africa with poorly designed conservation programs. On my podcast we’ve also pointed out … Continue reading Episode 111: Shepherds of Wildlife with Tom Opre

Episode 110: StreamScapes with Mark Boyden

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7erJQOM0y6JXMQisVp9W0v?si=b69ac4b0748b4793 In this episode, once again, we’re going to talk about environmental education. Our guest is Mark Boyden, one of the founders of the Coomhola Salmon Trust. Mark was involved in producing native salmon stocking projects for rivers in the Irish South-West and in the efforts to reintroduce salmon to the great River Rhine. He … Continue reading Episode 110: StreamScapes with Mark Boyden

Episode 108: Communicating about Nature with Lucy McRobert

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5IbEmLSzUsUXkpGI4TZcWz?si=bd83bb5facf64543 Communication is by far the most important, yet most difficult, factor in any undertaking. Whether managing a business project with many stakeholders or leading a team to accomplish a goal, excellent communication is the key to success. It is no different in the world of conservation and nature-related endeavours. Anyone who has tried to … Continue reading Episode 108: Communicating about Nature with Lucy McRobert

Episode 98: Wildlife Special Ops with Nathan Edmondson

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4yeo9gNE7KKV9SQ11GkavI?si=kF6jJkznRJGH7Y7I7-C2iw&dl_branch=1 Wildlife trafficking and poaching are huge problems for the conservation of the world’s most endangered species. They also present significant social and economic challenges. On one hand, big green organizations like WWF are criticised for “militarization of conservation” in their attempt to counteract the increasingly sophisticated and militarized wildlife trafficking cartels. On the other … Continue reading Episode 98: Wildlife Special Ops with Nathan Edmondson

Episode 95: Białowieża Forest with Marta Klimkiewicz

https://open.spotify.com/episode/11cxYqpwAzMUVUMN4pH9qx?si=E6mdjpSAQVmsLqZ_lQSywA&dl_branch=1 Białowieża Forest is well known among environmentalists and wildlife enthusiasts around Europe and the world. It is the largest remaining part of the primaeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain. This region, spanning Poland and Belarus, steaming with biodiversity, is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. https://youtu.be/CEthGxAs9QE But the situation … Continue reading Episode 95: Białowieża Forest with Marta Klimkiewicz

Episode 91: Beaver Trust with Chris Jones

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1xumBC9reKruNiCkOsjsXc?si=3JJJZhg5T-efyxmpNro50Q&dl_branch=1 In this episode, once again, we are going to talk about ecological restoration and bringing back species that were extirpated from their native range. Our guest is Chris Jones who is the Restoration Director at Beaver Trust. https://youtu.be/CAt12lktJ6k During our conversation, we discuss the history of Beaver Trust, how it was found and why. … Continue reading Episode 91: Beaver Trust with Chris Jones