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'Ecology - Tales from the Field' is a podcast conversation about wildlife conservation. Join Tim Body and Fleur Wilson, ecologists with a passion for British wildlife, with their guests to hear interesting people tell real life stories from the world of ecology and conservation in the UK covering topics from biodiversity to botany, mammals to invertebrates.
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Tim talks with Dr Hannah Mossman (Senior lecturer in ecology at Manchester Metropolitan University), and also to Alys Laver  (Senior Conservation Warden for the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust)In this interview we talk about all things salt marsh, from managed realignment projects to Charles Dickens. We discuss Hannah's research on the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust's site at Steart Marshes and there's a bonus interview spliced in with Alys Laver, the WWT warden for the site. If you didn't already think salt marshes were up there with the most facinating and important habitats, you soon will!Thanks:Kelly Lomas & Gif Lemon - Artwork'Still Pickin', Kevin Macleod - Theme tuneRelated Links:Twitter@H_Mossman  @WWTSteartProfessor Jenny Gillhttps://people.uea.ac.uk/j_gillHelen Scales - Spirals in Timehttps://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/29/spirals-in-time-helen-scales-reviewSteart Marsheshttps://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/steart-marshes/#
Tim talks with Tom Squires – Manchester Met PhD student studying mynah birds in Indonesia...In this interview we talk about his PhD and the Asian Songbird Crisis. We also talk about what its like doing a PhD generally, doing any kind of ecology further education really. We also discuss the merits of being a generalist, and about that most mysterious of attributes: being a birder.Thanks:Kelly Lomas & Gif Lemon - Artwork'Still Pickin', Kevin Macleod - Theme tuneRelated links:IUCN – Species Survival Commission https://www.iucn.org/commissions/species-survival-commission/aboutAsian Songbird Trade Specialist Grouphttps://www.iucn.org/commissions/ssc-groups/birds/asian-songbird-trade The Tourist Gazehttps://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/resources/sociology-online-papers/papers/urry-globalising-the-tourist-gaze.pdf British Bird Sounds on CD – British Libraryhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Bird-Sounds-CD-Definitive/dp/0712305122 The Behavioural Ecology and Evolution Podcasthttp://thebeepcast.blogspot.com/ Beth Robertshttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Beth_Roberts3 Asian Songbird Crisishttps://www.mmu.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/story/10987/ Birdsong competitionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6de8S9VMLAo Beaver eating lettucehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h54NHiDzvsM Alfred Russel Wallace (and the ‘Wallace Line’)https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/who-was-alfred-russel-wallace.html
Tim talks with South Lancashire Bat Group's Clare Sefton & Steve Parker...The conversation covers what got them into bat conservation and how bats can completely change your life. How that first encounter with a bat can have you hooked, literally in minutes.The main topic though is the bat care network. Did you know that there is a network of volunteer bat workers across the country who care for injured bats? It's a fascinating world full of dedicated conservationists finding themselves in some often down right weird situations.Ever found a meal worm at the bottom of a packet of cornflakes? Ever blown on a bat's nipple? All that and more in the final episode of Ecology - Tales from the Field series 1! Thanks:Stacey Body & Fleur Wilson – ProductionKelly Lomas & Gif Lemon - Artwork'Still Pickin', Kevin Macleod - Theme tuneRelated links:South Lancashire Bat Group (SLBG):http://www.slbg.org.uk/Bat Conservation Trust (BCT):https://www.bats.org.uk/Bat Chat podcasthttps://www.bats.org.uk/resources/batchat-the-bat-conservation-trust-podcastBat anatomyhttps://images.app.goo.gl/be1mrMvCcEJbxUHe9David Bellamyhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/12/david-bellamy-obituary
Tim talks with Andy Harmer & Roy Leigh of Cheshire Mustelidae...The conversation covers their careers in ecology as well as their extensive extracurricular ecological exploits including Andy and Rachel Hacking’s now legendary Cheshire Active Naturalists (CAN) group. But the main thing I wanted to talk to them about was their current project, Cheshire Mustelidae: Coordinating the recording of mustelids in Cheshire, and sharing sightings, photos etc. They say trying to see a stoat or weasel is like going out to find a rainbow, virtually impossible. So this project means cunning, stealth and ingenuity. To find the stoat you must become the stoat! So how do they do it? Thanks:Stacey Body - ProductionKelly Lomas & Gif Lemon - Artwork'Still Pickin', Kevin Macleod - Theme tuneRelated links:Cheshire Mustelidae Facebook group:https://www.Facebook.com/groups/184398295514886Paul Hudson’s sand lizard breeding enclosurehttps://www.arc-trust.org/news/pauls-new-lizard-loungeJohn Poland’s vegetative keyhttps://bsbi.org/vegkeyPine Martens in Cheshire? Some interesting discussion in this old Cheshire Mammal Group newsletter:http://www.record-lrc.co.uk/Downloads/cheshire%20mammal%20group%20newsletter%200%20-%20Spring%202005[14032009].pdfMostela and jiggler info on The Small Mustelid Foundation site:https://stichtingkleinemarters.nl/small-mustelid-foundation/rECOrd Local Records Centrehttp://www.record-lrc.co.uk/Weasel on a woodpeckerhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31711446
Tim talks with Cheshire Wildlife Trust's Evidence & Planning Manager, Rachel Giles...The conversation covers Rachel's career, her interest in and work to conserve Cheshire's Local Wildlife Sites and the sometimes daunting, but very important subject of Net Gain. As we face an unprecedented global crisis for biodiversity, how can the government mandated net gain for biodiversity from development be successfully and measurably achieved? And what can we learn from some of the old giants of ecology as we go about making sense of it?Thanks:Stacey Body - ProductionKelly Lomas & Gif Lemon - Artwork'Still Pickin', Kevin Macleod - Theme tuneRelated links:Local Wildlife Siteshttps://www.wildlifetrusts.org/local-wildlife-sitesSSSihttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Site_of_Special_Scientific_InterestGreen Revolutionhttps://www.thoughtco.com/green-revolution-overview-1434948Avoidance, mitigation, compensationhttps://www.bats.org.uk/our-work/buildings-planning-and-development/avoidance-mitigation-compensationRank grassland definitiion: https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803100404256Interesting EN doc about neutral grassland: file://ce-userdata/cehomedrive$/AG255Y/Downloads/in13.9%20(1).pdfBrownfield sitesHome builders perspective: https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/what-is-a-brownfield-site/Conservation perspective: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/habitats/towns-and-gardens/brownfieldTelegraph article citing the CPRE study promoting "brownfield first": https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/25/england-has-enough-brownfield-land-one-million-new-homes-says/Biodiversity 2020 targets: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/biodiversity-2020-a-strategy-for-england-s-wildlife-and-ecosystem-servicesThe Northern Foresthttps://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/we-plant-trees/the-northern-forest/Habitat Bankinghttps://www.environmentbank.com/habitat-banking/Green Infrastructurehttps://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/sustainability-transitions/urban-environment/urban-green-infrastructure/what-is-green-infrastructureE. O. Wilson’s Half Earth Projecthttps://www.half-earthproject.org/James Lovelockhttp://www.jameslovelock.org/
Tim talks with Manchester Herbarium's Rachel Webster...The conversation covers the collection and the people who contributed to it as well as Rachel's role, her predecessors and other interesting characters from the herbarium, museum and science in general’s history.Thanks:Stacey Body - ProductionKelly Lomas & Gif Lemon - Artwork'Still Pickin', Kevin Macleod - Theme tuneRelated links:Manchester Museum Herbarium:Website: https://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/collection/plants/Twitter: @AristolochiaWordPress: https://herbologymanchester.wordpress.com/Flowering plants:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flowering_plantJames Cosmo Melvil:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cosmo_Melvill_(naturalist)Charles Bailey:https://herbologymanchester.wordpress.com/collectors-2/Leopold Hartley Grindon:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold_Hartley_Grindon- The Shakspere Flora. A guide to all the principal passages in which mention is made of trees, plants, flowers, and vegetable productions; with comments Unknown Binding – 1883 by Leopold Hartley GrindonRichard Buxton:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Buxton_(botanist)https://herbologymanchester.wordpress.com/tag/richard-buxton/Flora of Manchester:https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=o00EAAAAQAAJ&pg=PP21&lpg=PP21&dq=richard+buxton+flora+manchester&source=bl&ots=Hi7T1W0Ehz&sig=ACfU3U1rO8dvMSNGndIqTb1Qvzm1dPLHdw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiU2734rO_nAhXLShUIHYzpAn4Q6AEwCXoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=richard%20buxton%20flora%20manchester&f=falseManchester Botanical Gardens:https://manchesterhistory.net/manchester/gone/botanicgardens.htmlRachel's phd thesis:https://academic.oup.com/jxb/article/67/22/6373/2411398Biscuit Beetle:https://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/community/identification/blog/2014/12/17/fact-sheet-the-biscuit-beetle--stegobium-paniceum.htmlFrom Here to Ecology - Herbarium blogs:https://fromheretoecology.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/manchester-herbarium/https://fromheretoecology.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/finding-richard-buxton/Grace Wigglesworthhttps://herbologymanchester.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/the-mysterious-miss-wigglesworth/Dead Horse Arum:http://www.indefenseofplants.com/blog/2015/3/26/unlikely-alliesLydia Becker:https://mmwonderwomen.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/lydia-becker/Kathleen Drew-Baker:https://www.mub.eps.manchester.ac.uk/science-engineering/2019/03/04/mother-of-the-sea-how-kathleen-drew-baker-saved-sushi/Monument in Uto, Japan:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathleen_Mary_Drew-Baker#/media/File:Monument_Kathleen_Mary_Drew-Baker.jpg
Tim and Fleur talk with Wirral & Cheshire Badger Group's Helen Bradshaw and Jane Cullen...The conversation covers the history and work of the group, their roles in it, the group’s ongoing badger TB vaccination programme and just badgers and badger conservation generally. Thanks:Fleur Wilson, Stacey Body - ProductionKelly Lomas & Gif Lemon - Artwork'Still Pickin', Kevin Macleod - Theme tuneRelated links:The Badger Grouphttp://wcbg.org.uk/Jane Ratcliffehttps://www.theguardian.com/news/2000/jan/04/guardianobituaries.patrickbarkhamPatrick Barkham @patrick_barkhamhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Badgerlands-Twilight-Britains-Enigmatic-Animal/dp/1847085059/ref=pd_sim_14_2/259-9522622-3105701?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1847085059&pd_rd_r=a8ee4cab-bdb8-4b8d-a2cf-4f6b81d10788&pd_rd_w=w51ds&pd_rd_wg=yAqtG&pf_rd_p=bbc136fb-d98b-4822-a5fd-b92d15766975&pf_rd_r=Y944Z9X348BFZAG6S2EY&psc=1&refRID=Y944Z9X348BFZAG6S2EY rECOrdhttp://www.record-lrc.co.uk/The cull/TB- FAQs about the cull: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-and-wild-places/saving-species/badgers/faqs- What is BTV?: https://www.nhs.uk/news/food-and-diet/is-eating-meat-infected-with-bovine-tb-harmful/- Vaccination shortage: http://wcbg.org.uk/badger-vaccine-shortage-2016/- Gov strategy for tackling bTV: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-strategy-for-achieving-officially-bovine-tuberculosis-free-status-for-england Brian Martin - Woolston Eyes Nature Reserve: https://woolstoneyes.com/ 
Tim and Fleur talk with Lancashire Wildlife Trust Volunteer Reserve Manager, Noell Leather...Noell took on the management of Summerseat Nature Reserve over 40 years ago. The conversation covers what the Wildlife Trust was like back then and the joys and challenges of having your own nature reserve to manage. Thanks:Fleur Wilson, Stacey Body - Production Kelly Lomas & Gif Lemon - Artwork'Still Pickin', Kevin Macleod - Theme tuneRelated links:Summerseat Nature Reservehttps://www.lancswt.org.uk/nature-reserves/summerseat-nature-reserveNew Zealand pigmyweedhttps://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/plant-fungi-species/new-zealand-pigmyweed-australian-swamp-stonecropWillow Titshttps://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/willow-tit/https://www.gmwildlife.org.uk/resources/downloads/willow_tit_survey_volunteer_handbook_2019_02_05.pdfhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/167649310275619/Mark Champion @MarkHChampionChris Packham's Manifesto for Wildlifehttps://www.chrispackham.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Peoples-Manifesto-Download.pdfCrash in invert numbershttps://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2019/february/the-world-s-insect-populations-are-plummeting-everywhere-we-look.html 
'Ecology - Tales from the Field' is a podcast conversation about wildlife conservation. Join Tim Body and Fleur Wilson, ecologists with a passion for British wildlife, with their guests to hear interesting people tell real life stories from the world of ecology and conservation in the UK covering topics from biodiversity to botany, mammals to invertebrates. 
Comments (3)

Hilary Wyatt

Brilliant Podcast. Thank you so much Tim for your excellent interviews with Hannah Mossman and Alys Laver. We have learnt so much about Salt marshes and really understand your passion for them. We can't wait now to visit Steart Marshes again. We will be looking at it with new eyes. Hilary Wyatt and Chris Taylor

Apr 21st
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Hilary Wyatt

Great Podcast. Really interesting listening to Tim talking to Tom Squires about their time at university together, their shared interest in Conservation and how Tom became interested in Asian songbirds. Well done. I'm looking forward to the next episode and I loved the video of the Beaver eating lettuce. Hilary Wyatt.

Jan 8th
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Hilary Wyatt

Really interesting episode with Rachel Webster. Makes me want to go and visit the Herbarium at Manchester Museum. Thanks Tim for an excellent interview.

Jun 6th
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