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Sean's Wild Life

Ramblings in Nature with Sean McCormack

Sean's Wild Life podcast project explores biodiversity, conservation, environment and our connections with nature.Join as we showcase the importance of wildlife and nature in our lives, and talk with the extraordinary pe
Latest Episode1/15/2021

The Brilliance of Bats!

Season 4, Ep. 3
I was delighted to speak with Kit Stoner, CEO of the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) about one of my favourite groups of animals, bats! Often misunderstood and vilified, bats are a fascinating and extremely important group of animals globally. And in a year where bats have received somewhat of a bad rep and perhaps unwarranted blame for the Covid-19 pandemic, we settle the score on this and many other misconceptions about these incredible creature, the only mammals capable of true flight.From what they eat to where they live, practical advice if you find a bat or have them living in your home, how bat research is benefiting us in terms of medical science and technology right through to the conservation status of bats in Britain, Kit is a mine of information. And surprisingly when it comes to the depressing trend of biodiversity in crisis, some of our bat species appear to be bouncing back. An all too rare good news story in nature conservation that we need right now. Have a listen and I guarantee you'll learn some amazing bat facts that you didn't know before. Sean's Wild Life podcast is produced and edited by Thomas Ntinas. Title track 'A Wild Life' kindly composed and donated by Mark Rose. Production costs are self funded by Sean McCormack, but donations to fund future episodes are welcome on Acast Supporter here:http://supporter.acast.com/seans-wild-lifeor at www.patreon.com/seanswildlife.If you would like to sponsor a future episode of Sean's Wild Life please email drseanmccormack@gmail.com and visit www.drseanmccormack.com to learn more about Sean's work. Cover photo credit: Common Pipistrelle by Hugh Clark, purchased via donation to BCT.
1/15/2021

The Brilliance of Bats!

Season 4, Ep. 3
I was delighted to speak with Kit Stoner, CEO of the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) about one of my favourite groups of animals, bats! Often misunderstood and vilified, bats are a fascinating and extremely important group of animals globally. And in a year where bats have received somewhat of a bad rep and perhaps unwarranted blame for the Covid-19 pandemic, we settle the score on this and many other misconceptions about these incredible creature, the only mammals capable of true flight.From what they eat to where they live, practical advice if you find a bat or have them living in your home, how bat research is benefiting us in terms of medical science and technology right through to the conservation status of bats in Britain, Kit is a mine of information. And surprisingly when it comes to the depressing trend of biodiversity in crisis, some of our bat species appear to be bouncing back. An all too rare good news story in nature conservation that we need right now. Have a listen and I guarantee you'll learn some amazing bat facts that you didn't know before. Sean's Wild Life podcast is produced and edited by Thomas Ntinas. Title track 'A Wild Life' kindly composed and donated by Mark Rose. Production costs are self funded by Sean McCormack, but donations to fund future episodes are welcome on Acast Supporter here:http://supporter.acast.com/seans-wild-lifeor at www.patreon.com/seanswildlife.If you would like to sponsor a future episode of Sean's Wild Life please email drseanmccormack@gmail.com and visit www.drseanmccormack.com to learn more about Sean's work. Cover photo credit: Common Pipistrelle by Hugh Clark, purchased via donation to BCT.
12/18/2020

Derek Gow: Rewilding Revolutionary!

Season 4, Ep. 1
A fascinating, hilarious and inspiring conversation with Derek Gow, an ecologist, reintroduction specialist, farmer and author of 'Bringing Back the Beaver'. Derek is well known for speaking out on the frustrations of our current systems and organisations in place to protect our natural landscapes and biodiversity. Or should that be to regulate our natural landscapes and attempts to restore biodiversity? In this episode he packs no punches in critiquing the bureaucracy and inertia of our conservation organisations. He suggests that perhaps we need to be bolder and get cracking right now on restoring nature on a larger scale and restore lost species as a matter of urgency.We discuss the psychology of humankind in historically conquering nature, obliterating species deemed harmful or indeed valuable to us, and reshaping the landscape in ways that have been immensely harmful to the natural world. We also explore Derek's varied career in farming, into global wildlife conservation, back to British wildlife conservation and most recently his pioneering role within the UK rewilding movement. Specifically his work from his Devon farm and collaborating with several other organisations in reintroducing threatened or extinct species, from water voles and harvest mice to beavers and white storks. If you're offended by crude language and straight talk, be warned. Personally I found Derek's refreshingly honest and bold approach truly inspiring. It's a compelling and humorous chat from a non-traditional nature conservationist not afraid to take risks or rock the boat! Sean's Wild Life podcast is produced and edited by Thomas Ntinas. Title track 'A Wild Life' kindly composed and donated by Mark Rose. Production costs are self funded by Sean McCormack, but donations to fund future episodes are welcome on Acast Supporter here:http://supporter.acast.com/seans-wild-lifeor at www.patreon.com/seanswildlife.Cover photo credit: Magzter.
8/28/2020

The Lynx and Us

Season 3, Ep. 7
I chat to David Hetherington, author of 'The Lynx and Us' and arguably the UK's foremost expert on Lynx and its proposed reintroduction to Britain. We discuss the issues of land management, the need for reafforestation and peatland restoration in Scotland to combat climate change and the overpopulation of deer and controversially for some, sheep. The lack of any apex predators means an imbalanced ecosystem. So surely reintroduction of apex predators like the lynx (and wolves and bears?) is a no brainer, right?Well, it's a complex topic and there is certainly a healthy level of opposition from various camps. Some for genuinely valid reasons, and some based in an arguably misled fear about having predators back in our landscape. It's a fascinating discussion with David, an engaging and knowledgeable advocate for lynx and their reintroduction to Britain after many centuries of absence.Successful reintroduction projects in Europe are explored as well as the real impact of lynx on sheep farmers. A more nuanced issue than you might assume. Have a listen and decide for yourself. Is it time that the iconic lynx came back to Britain?Sean's Wild Life podcast is produced and edited by Thomas Ntinas. Title track 'A Wild Life' kindly composed and donated by Mark Rose. Production costs are self funded by Sean McCormack, but donations to fund future episodes are welcome at www.patreon.com/seanswildlife or here on Acast Supporter here:http://supporter.acast.com/seans-wild-life.