Category: Podcasts

Podcast: Luke Steele | Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors Update Oct 2020

As part of The War on Wildlife Project we’ve been writing about the calls being made by councils across northern England to ban the deliberate setting of fires on grouse moors by the grouse shooting industry. Recently Kirklees council joined Sheffield, York, Calderdale, and Wakefield Councils, plus the Mayor of Doncaster, in calling for a ban. It’s taken hard work and a great deal of support…and one of the key figures who’s been working tirelessly behind the scenes, talking with councils as well as moorland-owning utilities like Yorkshire Water, is Luke Steele, Director and spokesperson for Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors. Charlie Moores talked with Luke about burning and the potential licencing of grouse shoots…

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Podcast: Elaine Rainey | Getting the most from being outside

Welcome to a podcast made to support Wild Wellbeing week, a project being run as part of Let’s Notice Nature, a joint initiative of Scottish Badgers and the Scottish Wildlife Trust delivered as part of the National Lottery supported ‘Earn Your Stripes’ project – a skills development programme promoting diversity and social inclusion. To bring together a wealth of tips and practical suggestions for getting the most of your time outside, Charlie Moores talked with Elaine Rainey, Project Officer for Scottish Badgers.

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Podcast: Dr Mike Bossley | Forty Years of Dolphin Conservation

Australian conservationist and scientist Dr Mike Bossley is famed for his work studying the dolphins that live in Adelaide’s Port River. He’s known many of them since they were young watching them grow up, form friendship groups and start their own families. Dedicated to helping the dolphins, Mike has tirelessly documented human impacts on their health – from pollution and boat strikes to deliberate harassment and the increasing demands of visitors for dolphin encounters. He is also fascinated by their social complexity and documented the spread of “tail walking” through the Port River Pod. In recognition of his work Mike has been awarded the Australian Centenary Medal, the Order of Australia, and recognised as South Australia’s ‘Australian of the Year’.

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Podcast: Philippa Brakes and Carl Safina discussing animal culture and their work

This podcast, a conversation between Charlie Moores and marine conservationists Philippa Brakes, and Carl Safina, is the fourth in a short series of posts on animal culture – which is perhaps most easily thought of as “if behaviour is what animals do, then culture is how they do it”: it’s about social learning, the passing on of knowledge, and that may be as important as genetic adaptation for survival.

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Podcast: Crow Cage Traps

Wildlife persecution is a regrettable fact of life in parts of the countryside, particularly those areas managed for shooting. Much of it takes place just out of sight, but we can help tackle it if we know where to look and what to look out for. In this podcast, recorded ‘in the field’ in Scotland in May 2018, Charlie Moores visited a cage trap with a highly-experienced wildlife investigator to discuss these awful ‘tools’, used on many grouse moors to catch crows (along with parrots, perhaps the most intelligent and sentient birds on the planet).

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Podcast: Philippa Brakes | Animal Culture and Conservation

While researching for a series of podcasts looking at how the Covid-19 pandemic was impacting conservation Charlie Moores was put in touch with Phillipa Brakes, a research fellow at Whale and Dolphin Conservation. Philippa and Charlie had spoken before and at the time had prepped a podcast on animal sentience which they’d not been able to record. Charlie had planned to pick up on the subject again – but read a relatively short paper that Philippa had co-written on how animal culture needed to be taken into account when considering their conservation, which included striking sentences such as: “most profoundly, culture can play a causal role in establishing and maintaining distinct evolutionary trajectories”. Discuss, indeed!

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Podcast: Checking in with Megan McCubbin

Here at The War on Wildlife Project we were thinking that as us campaigners, conservationists, and activists can’t get out to meet and see each other now, how about creating something to bring the conservation community together – everyone from individuals to grassroots organisations to larger charities – something that reminds us all that we’re still out there, still working, but that also shows the human side of things during this COVID-19 crisis. We could think of them as ‘check-ins’ – as in ‘checking-in to make sure we’re all okay’.

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Podcast: Checking in with Bob Elliot, Director of OneKind

Here at The War on Wildlife Project we were thinking that as us campaigners, conservationists, and activists can’t get out to meet and see each other now, how about creating something to bring the conservation community together – everyone from individuals to grassroots organisations to larger charities – something that reminds us all that we’re still out there, still working, but that also shows the human side of things during this COVID-19 crisis. We could think of them as ‘check-ins’ – as in ‘checking-in to make sure we’re all okay’.

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