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

Episode 88: Rewilding Scotland with Peter Cairns

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4u2l6ReNgvYLO50Y1pxIBj?si=we0XDmeASgeY4vACBCRjyA&dl_branch=1 Peter Cairns is the executive director of the environmental charity Scotland: The Big Picture, the first organisation in Scotland wholly dedicated to championing rewilding. We started our conversation by discussing the controversy surrounding the term rewilding. Since rewilding (for want of a better, less controversial, term) is of great interest to me, the discussion … Continue reading Episode 88: Rewilding Scotland with Peter Cairns

Episode 87: Irish Whale and Dolphin Group with Pádraig Whooley

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6jJ6wdvEk2gqVwLFxPGCJF?si=P3KugP5lTHuMD5KRxztmbA&dl_branch=1 I have wanted to record an episode about the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) and their work for quite a while now. Their excellent website, with a database where you can report sightings and strandings, was even mentioned in one of my vlogs. So today, it is my pleasure to bring you my … Continue reading Episode 87: Irish Whale and Dolphin Group with Pádraig Whooley

Episode 76: The True Green Alliance with Ron Thomson

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4rYSKrw18B0qZzV1WvqiiT?si=L3DjEpujQmWrQUFaVpoySA&dl_branch=1 Ron Thomson should be well known to anyone interested in wildlife management on the African continent. He started his career as a game ranger in 1959. Throughout his career, he has worked in Africa's biggest and most prestigious game reserves. He has published fourteen books and we can safely say that he is one … Continue reading Episode 76: The True Green Alliance with Ron Thomson