How billions of litres of water are lost each week – from a system intended to save water.
In this species special we look at the social wasps. We discuss all 9 resident species (and the Asian Hornet), their habits, feeding, nest building, predators and parasites, along with their sting and what exactly is the point of wasps?
In episode 77, I share my thoughts on the Virtual Birdfair, give an update on my garden birds, and tell you about my summer bird walks. Plus, there’s exciting news about a group eBird account for The Casual Birder Podcast and I invite you to…
In this episode we talk flies with Dr Erica McAlister, Senior Curator of Diptera (true flies) at the Natural History Museum in London. She is also president of the Amateur Entomologists’ Society, and author of the The Secret Life of Flies and her new b…
We talk to Derek Gow about Beaver reintroduction and the story behind it, which is the topic for his book ‘Bringing Back the Beaver’ (available at all good bookstores).He tells the story of well evidenced projects that were stopped by the actions of an…
Has the Covid crisis jump started us towards car-free cities?
In this species special we look at the Wasp Spider Argiope bruennichi, discussing their feeding behaviour, the males struggling to not be cannibalised while trying to mate with females, the possible function of both their striped body markings and the …
Our local Trusts play a huge role in the creation and improvement of wetlands. Last year, Thames21 played a part in developing a number of urban wetlands in and around London. They’re not stopping there, though, and have plans to create even more wetlands around the capital. So why the big push on wetlands—and what […]
We talk to Iolo Williams about raptor persecution and the wildlife found in Wales. We also discuss and Iolo answers questions on how he ended up as a wildlife presenter, his favourite wildlife encounter, the effects of cats and pheasants on wildlife,
Neil and guest host herpetologist Steve Allain discuss the UK’s Newt species. They talk about smooth, palmate and great crested newts, their habits, feeding and breeding and also look at the non native alpine and Italian crested newts,
A (very) short episode where Neil talks about our freshwater Cnidarians, the usually marine group that include corals and sea anemones, which focuses on the freshwater Hydra species. With a brief look at the alien freshwater jellyfish that occasionally…
We talk about Rockpools; the wildlife found there and the extreme environment in which they have to survive. In news we cover yet more BOP being killed in North Yorkshire and numerous cases of dogs attacking wildlife.
We talk about the cetaceans, whales and dolphins, found around the UK’s shoreline, dicuss the species found there with details on the 4 most common species and where to see them. In news we discuss a bearded vulture appearing in the UK,
In a special short episode we talk about Stag Beetles and Lesser Stag Beetles. We discuss their life cycle, distribution, behaviour and how Neil determined if the males could bite or not! The links mentioned in the podcastPTES websiteStag beetle.
In another special lockdown episode, Clive Anderson gives us an audio tour of his North London garden. President of the Woodland Trust since 2004, Clive is an award-winning broadcaster and comedy writer and currently hosts Radio 4’s Loose…
We talk to ‘Ant Boy’ Xander about all thing Cairngorms and invertebrates included narrow headed ants, capercaillie, shining guest ant and pine hoverfly. We also discuss getting younger people into wildlife.
In today’s episode, Dan and Jayne speak to Elle Hunt: a freelance journalist with articles in The Observer magazine, Tortoise, New Scientist and a range of other publications. Her Guardian article, “Blue Spaces: why time spent near water is the secret of happiness“, serves as the starting point for today’s discussion. What do blue spaces […]
We look at the wonderful world of odonata: Dragonflies and damselflies
With normal podcast recording hampered by lockdown, we visit the trees of Hampstead Heath with Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring and other bestsellers. In this episode, Tracy describes how trees bring her comfort, considers how…
Part two of our chat/interview with Nick Baker, presenter from Really Wild Show, Nick’s quest, Springwatch, Weird Creatures and Nick Baker’s Wild West among others. We discuss his favourite UK Reptile or amphibian,
Lockdown has hampered our usual woodland walks, so instead we’re chatting to some well-known personalities about the natural world – their favourite places, memories, hopes for the future and more. First up is journalist and presenter, Steph…
Peter Gibbs asks if trees can really trump carbon emissions.
For my birthday this year, I treated myself to a day of birdwatching in my garden. Join me as I record my sightings for the #BreakfastBirdwatch. Also, hear about the recent birds seen by listeners around the world, including a contribution from…
Carbon offsetting – the latest news
This year, it feels more important than ever to reach out and talk about mental health. Covid-19 is having a huge effect on mental health—whether that’s through the tragic loss of family members, or the jarring effects of lockdown. For many, nature provides a sanctuary during these strange times; a place to find peace and […]
Madagascar is famed for its incredible biodiversity and charismatic lemurs, but has also seen extensive loss of natural habitat. Monni finds out from a panel of Madagascar aficionados what the island has been like in the past and what the challenges…
A conversation between three naturalists driven slightly made by the lockdown! We have Wildlife TV presenter Nick Baker on the show, famous for presenting Really Wild show, Nick’s Quest and Weird Creatures,
How can the way we manage the environment help prevent flooding? Caz Graham investigates.
Join Adam Shaw at one of Mead’s tree planting days to find out how young people are leading the transformation of 400 acres of ex coalmining land by planting 250,000 trees.
How is the rising tide of man-made noise affecting our wildlife and what can be done?
A special episode where we look at photography ideas and projects you can do during the lockdown, most of which in your home or garden. Includes macro, garden bird and pond creature photography, mini indoor nature studio and an idea for your exercise w…
Can Britain achieve its environmental commitments for 2050?
In this episode, Jayne and Dan are joined by Alex Beasley, the Country Manager (UK, Ireland & Nordics) from Patagonia. For almost 40 years, Patagonia has supported grassroots activists working to find solutions to the environmental crisis. In this podcast, Alex speaks about why supporting the grassroots community is so important to the Patagonia brand. […]
We talk abut the 3 most commonly found ant species in gardens: the black garden ant Lasius niger, the red ant Myrmica rubra and the yellow meadow ant Lasius flavus. and answer some of your question on ants. WARNING contains ant puns!
Tom Heap asks what the music industry can do to reduce its carbon footprint.
An enormous, rugged landscape with a variety of valuable habitats and far-reaching views across to Bolton and Manchester, Smithills is an incredible place. Meet Tracey and Vicky, who tell us how the Trust is revitalising its largest site in England,…
What effect is the coronavirus pandemic having on the environment? Tom Heap investigates.
In this episode we talk to Stephen Moss, author of over 40 natural history books, producer of TV programmes such as Birding with Bill Oddie and Springwatch and lecturer in creative writing at Bath Spa University We talk about tips for writing nature bo…
How people in developing countries can turn plastic waste from a problem into a solution
Main topic is what to do in your garden during the lockdown. We have some good feedback/follow up on the mole topic and a sound clip from a friend of the show. In the News we look at a new way to age Great Crested Newts,
Listen into fascinating programmes and podcasts about British wildlife and nature conservation.
I've put together a number of feeds which I think other some great listening whether at home or on the go. Tune in and listen to episodes that will entertain, inform and educate.
These podcasts come from national broadcasts, independent producers, charities and other not for profits.
As always there is the disclaimer that these are automated feeds and as such will contain the agenda's and bias of the producers. But I've tried to limit the feeds to those who offer good and sound information.
I'm always looking for good quality podcasts to share with the growing readership of Wildlife News. If you know of any UK based podcasts that provides programmes on British wildlife and nature then please let me know. I'll have a listen in to see if it is a suitable match.