Author: Charlie Moores

Podcast: Dominic Dyer | Badgered to Death

In November 2016 Charlie Moores was invited to interview chief-executive of the Badger Trust, Dominic Dyer, about his new book ‘Badgered to Death’ in front of a small audience at Waterstone’s bookstore in Cambridge. ‘Badgered to Death’ looks unflinchingly at our somewhat chequered past with the UK’s largest surviving land carnivore and of course details how badgers have got caught up in the history and politics of bovine tuberculosis control. Well-received by readers and critics alike, this is Dominic’s first book, and as well as badgers and the cull we discussed whether he enjoyed the writing experience and whether there’s really still a place in the campaigner’s armoury for dead tree publishing…

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Podcast: Road Verges Campaign | Dr Trevor Dines, Plantlife Botanical Specialist

Most of us are aware now that biodiversity is in decline. Plant biodiversity here in the UK has especially suffered: wildflowers have been lost from huge areas of Britain, and so have the pollinators and other invertebrates that depend on them. Conservationists are having to look to protect what’s left of our wildlife in areas that may not be optimal, but that nevertheless holds a surprisingly important range of flora and fauna. Along with our gardens, one of those areas is our rural road verges, those largely county council-owned strips of land next to our roads which, according to the UK charity Plantlife, make up a network that is equal to half of the country’s remaining flower-rich grasslands and meadows.

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Pauline Kidner | Grey Squirrels and the Invasive Alien Species Order 2019

In the eyes of the law, the Grey Squirrel is an invasive species which means that it is illegal to release one into the wild except under licence or allow it to escape after capture. And now the law is getting even tougher on them. Under legislation called the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019 release licences will no longer be issued to – for example – animal rescue centres. What does that mean on the ground to rescuers and carers, to vets, to the welfare of Grey Squirrels themselves (and they are sentient animals whatever your personal opinion of them might be)? Charlie Moores went to Secret World Wildlife Rescue to talk with its founder, Pauline Kidner,

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Podcast: Gill Lewis | Eagle Warrior

Following a relatively short career as a vet, Gill Lewis took her love of wildlife and the natural world and became a strong and highly effective voice against wildlife persecution and environmental degradation. Now a multi-award-winning children’s author, her young heroes and heroines share the pages of her books with Moon Bears, gorillas, and – of particular interest – birds of prey. Her books about wildlife crime on grouse moors, Sky Dancer and Eagle Warrior, feature a Hen Harrier and a Golden Eagle respectively, and Gill creates wonderful tension between carefully-drawn characters, birds of prey, and the landscapes both find each other in.

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Podcast: Richard Peirce | Lions, Bones, and Bullets

The Lion: King of the Jungle, the Big Beast, star of the Lion King, one of the world’s best known and best-loved animals – or perhaps more accurately a wild cat of the open plains whose population, according to a 2015 statement by the IUCN, has declined approximately 42% over the past 21 years, and the unwitting star of the chilling 2015 documentary ‘Blood Lions‘, which uncovered the realities of the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa. From magnificent predators we have turned Lions into inbred animals farmed in miserable conditions across southern Africa, animals rented out to be cuddled by so-called ‘voluntourists’ then sold on to be shot in their enclosures by trophy hunters in canned hunts, animals whose bones are boiled down to service the demands of traditional Chinese medicine now that Tigers have been exploited to the point of extinction.

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Podcast: Ian Thomson (RSPB) | Sorting Fact from Fiction

Last year Chris Packham declared that there is a War on Wildlife in the UK, and conservationists and many scientists are convinced that there is indeed an ongoing war on our wildlife, especially where the targeting of birds of prey is concerned. It’s often said, though, that the first casualty of war is the truth. How serious are levels of wildlife crime and why is it such a fiercely contested issue? One person who knows all too well what is actually taking place in our countryside, particularly where wildlife crimes against birds of prey are concerned, is Ian Thomson, the Head of Investigations at RSPB Scotland.

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Podcast: Badger Vaccination Symposium 2019

In April 2019 the UK’s first Badger Vaccination Symposium highlighted a non-lethal alternative to the government-sanctioned Badger Cull which had taken the lives of at least 67000 badgers by the end of 2018. Charlie Moores spoke with delegates after the event for this exclusive podcast with Debbie Bailey and Tim Birch of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Gail Weatherhead of the National Trust, Dominic Dyer CEO of the Badger Trust, and Professor Paul Lynch of Derby University.

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Podcast: Stink Pits (with a League Against Cruel Sports investigator)

In this podcast, recorded in southern Scotland in May 2018, Charlie Moores discusses stink pits, marked areas surrounded by snares and used on many grouse moors and pheasant shoots to attract foxes and other predators to their deaths, with Harry Huyton (then working with Edinburgh-based charity OneKind) and a wildlife investigator from the League Against Cruel Sports.

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