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 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 105: Human, Nature with Ian Carter

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4W4vPFwkEkeKL67NjbykPL?si=kHe6TUOnTdCfHIc4Yq3xAA&dl_branch=1 Keeping a diary can be a useful thing. Especially if the diarist focuses on events and experiences pertaining to their area of expertise. Ian Carter, naturalist, ornithologist and author, has kept his wildlife diary for over three decades. Ian worked for Natural England, a governmental advisory body, for twenty-five years. He has written articles … Continue reading Episode 105: Human, Nature with Ian Carter

I have a killer podcast for you

This week on Tommy’s Outdoors was a little quiet, but not because of the unfolding situation with COVID-19. It was due to some high priority work that I’m involved with. You can read more about it in my housekeeping blog from the beginning of the year. But worry not, as per the usual schedule, next … Continue reading I have a killer podcast for you

Episode 64: Leave No Trace with Maura Kiely

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3rVXcKingA4P3a6hto9dSy?si=vVHLKoRgRRCvrGneuQ5NFA&dl_branch=1 Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. Their message is all about helping outdoor enthusiasts to minimise their impact on the environment. https://youtu.be/6KPHg6a4dVw Today our guest is Maura Kiely who is the CEO of Leave No Trace Ireland. During the … Continue reading Episode 64: Leave No Trace with Maura Kiely

Episode 62: Whittled Away, a Photography Series, with Patrick Cross

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1IblemBO2ApQz2F5XVLjI3?si=8_Egc8iGSLuLSGXJjiV4HA&dl_branch=1 We have talked about the book “Whittled Away - Ireland’s Vanishing Nature” twice already. In episode 20 our guest was the author, Pádraic Fogarty, who was also featured in episode 35 where I brought you the recording of his talk under the same title as the book. Today I talk with Patrick Cross about … Continue reading Episode 62: Whittled Away, a Photography Series, with Patrick Cross

Episode 56: New Wave Adventure Therapy with Philip Stallard

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1WilF961KDDqvJxOyqkwcJ?si=7AFzkTsNR4WWFAvEITGv3A&dl_branch=1 The benefits of being outdoors for mental health and wellbeing have been discussed on this podcast many times. Each time you, my listeners, have expressed a great interest in this subject. So, today, we are back at it with Philip Stallard, who is a Director and Adventure Therapist at New Wave Adventure Therapy which … Continue reading Episode 56: New Wave Adventure Therapy with Philip Stallard

Episode 35: Whittled Away, Ireland’s Vanishing Nature with Pádraic Fogarty

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7AHJjW6Kwid79oAD4c5dUY?si=FOs-4C3eRwC0D4zU2zkxPg&dl_branch=1 Today we’ve got something a little bit different. Instead of a guest, I have brought you a recording of a live talk by Pádraic Fogarty from Irish Wildlife Trust titled: Whittled Away, Ireland's Vanishing Nature. Pádraic is also the author of the book with the same title and I had the pleasure to chat … Continue reading Episode 35: Whittled Away, Ireland’s Vanishing Nature with Pádraic Fogarty

Episode 31: Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland with Aideen Magee

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2AQmb2Qqp6DSlIuDVLme39?si=2vxnKq6pSVmi64ipCgbKhg&dl_branch=1 Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland is an organization dedicated to helping injured wild animals return to the wild in full health. But that’s not all. WRI’s mission is to develop a coordinated approach to wildlife rehabilitation in Ireland. They are also involved in efforts to fight wildlife crime. Since the topic of wildlife is an important … Continue reading Episode 31: Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland with Aideen Magee

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