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

Episode 124: African Wildlife Conservation with Lilian Mremi

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1Ue73g4hvkMuS9177c5OPe?si=c70bc4b6bbeb4d28 Those of you who either read the excellent book “Cries of the Savanna” by Sue Tidwell or listened to the podcast episode with her are familiar with Lilian Mremi, a Game Scout and Tanzanian Wildlife Ranger. Shortly after the episode was published many of you expressed great interest in hearing directly from Lilian. I … Continue reading Episode 124: African Wildlife Conservation with Lilian Mremi

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 114: The Implausible Rewilding with Steve Cracknell

https://open.spotify.com/episode/17KE1Q8ctDRIdBAREzViTY?si=cc739ef7c41547ab It’s no exaggeration to say that this was the most anticipated book of the year for me. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since, as regular listeners know, I’m keenly interested in rewilding and the conflict surrounding it. Therefore, it was my pleasure to chat with the author, Steve Cracknell, about the book, how … Continue reading Episode 114: The Implausible Rewilding with Steve Cracknell

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 93: The Amazon Rainforest with Alex Lees

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6rQoWCmHVKRwtpUPTsDta4?si=tnAGnLK5RPCu6Eb2C3rtsA&dl_branch=1 The Amazon rainforest is the largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest in the world. It represents over half of the remaining rainforests. It is home to countless species of insects, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Not to mention the fish. Unfortunately, as we all can read and hear in the news, it is subject … Continue reading Episode 93: The Amazon Rainforest with Alex Lees

Lockdown Fishing

Like most of you I feel the impact of the covid pandemic. Outdoor pursuits are among the impacted activities. Even though many of them could be considered the original forms of social distancing. Obviously any travel, even very near, is off the table. Luckily for me I have access to a beautiful coastal area just … Continue reading Lockdown Fishing

Is Angling a Blood Sport?

Just the other day, my buddy and I were unpacking our gear and were about to take a walk to our fishing mark. A passing family with two small kids waved at us and wished us good luck. This was not an uncommon occurrence. Many times, over the years, I have been greeted by, and … Continue reading Is Angling a Blood Sport?

Extinction Rebellion

There is a lot of buzz, at the moment, around the activist group called Extinction Rebellion. The group is organizing direct action campaigns and acts of civil disobedience in a protest against governmental inaction on climate change and disappearing wildlife. As concerned as I am about the environment and wildlife I have mixed feelings about … Continue reading Extinction Rebellion

Benefits of the outdoors

This article was posted earlier this year as a guest entry on the DigiGranBiz travel blog. Unfortunately the aforementioned blog no longer exists, so I decided to publish a slightly refreshed version of the original text here on Tommy’s Outdoors website.   Taking on outdoor activities is like a cure for the damaging, sedentary lifestyle … Continue reading Benefits of the outdoors