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 80: Into the Wilderness with Byron Pace

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0cG8fs4cAcrpNdOOzTWQQ4?si=fEZpdz8XQ2GDyklIW2Lh_g&dl_branch=1 Byron Pace needs no introduction to most of you. He is a man of many talents: a filmmaker, photographer, writer and the host of the excellent Into The Wilderness and Into The Anthropocene podcasts. Given that we share many topics, and even guests, on our podcasts I was delighted to talk with Byron. During … Continue reading Episode 80: Into the Wilderness with Byron Pace

Episode 75: Rewilding Ireland

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0BwupMHGBnELmYE8K66z76?si=AsRHbDF_RzeeVEf2i79Kdw&dl_branch=1 This is yet another episode where my guest and I take on the subject of rewilding. This time our guest is the host of the discussion platform called Rewilding Ireland.  https://youtu.be/ulmqa7-UuGw During the podcast, we talk in length about various aspects of rewilding but we also talk about the future of the Rewilding Ireland … Continue reading Episode 75: Rewilding Ireland

Episode 73: Quantitative Ecology with Kilian Murphy

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5PpbgyBWwj3qTBdY9vLooi?si=oDLTR1OYR4OYK2b1mnE_xw&dl_branch=1 Is it possible to use artificial intelligence to tell us how rewilding will look in any area where it is implemented? Is it possible to create a computer model that would tell us how the species eradicated from the landscape hundreds of years ago would behave when reintroduced? Listen to my conversation with Kilian … Continue reading Episode 73: Quantitative Ecology with Kilian Murphy

Episode 71: The European Federation for Hunting and Conservation with David Scallan

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5Lu0zHfpt3i4UrZirQFmk5?si=iiABBxaHSZ6LQXHRCGQaBQ&dl_branch=1 The European Federation for Hunting and Conservation, or FACE for short, is an international organization that represents the interests of European hunters. It serves as a bridge between the institutions of the European Union and hunters. In episode 59 I talked with Dan Curley, the chairman of NARGC, the Irish member organization of FACE. … Continue reading Episode 71: The European Federation for Hunting and Conservation with David Scallan

Episode 70: Field Sports with Matt Cross

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4runIYN7xzIBVkzua50v8u?si=pmAiwMtcQvSicegPBDxz2g&dl_branch=1 As regular listeners to the podcast might remember, in episode 47 we hosted Matt Cross, a field sports journalist, writer and blogger. At that time, we talked about yet another unlawful killing of a hen harrier. That episode was specifically focused on the issue of raptor persecution and we didn’t have a chance to … Continue reading Episode 70: Field Sports with Matt Cross

Episode 68: Rewilding, Wolves and Biodiversity with Pádraic Fogarty

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1UVSyEdYMpO5oPtBQ0Cb1f?si=j-Wgn-BETLSoeq7T8ClhYA&dl_branch=1 Pádraic is well known to my podcast listeners. He was our guest in episodes 20 and 35. And in episode 62 I talked with Patrick Cross about his work inspired by Pádraic’s book. There have been many things I have wanted to talk to Pádraic about since our last podcast, which was a year … Continue reading Episode 68: Rewilding, Wolves and Biodiversity with Pádraic Fogarty

Episode 40: Pleistocene Megafauna with Richard Doran Sherlock

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7eoaQhhc6JFAgdxMTz8Xw7?si=koYqycGNSSyUzDSOVVHFAg&dl_branch=1 This episode of the podcast is going to take you back in time to the Pleistocene epoch of the Quaternary period, an epoch often referred to as the Ice Age. Our guest is Richard Doran Sherlock who has a particular interest in Quaternary science and megafaunal collapse. Over the years Richard has worked in … Continue reading Episode 40: Pleistocene Megafauna with Richard Doran Sherlock

Wolves and foxes

I want to add a few comments to a recently published blog post about fox hunting with hounds. The issue has to do with opposition to fox hunting. I hit on this briefly in that previous post because there is no way to talk about fox hunting without mentioning its opponents. I have had a … Continue reading Wolves and foxes