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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
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.
7/17/2020

The Deer Dilemma

Season 3, Ep. 3
Tom Cackett, director of deer management company Oxon Deer Ltd was kind enough to sit down with me and discuss deer management, more specifically shooting deer and why it's necessary in the UK. It's a fascinating insight into a complex topic. I know some will find the topic unsavory or even distressing. But I urge you to listen, as it highlights the realities of nature conservation, the grey areas that don't fit neatly in a box and the necessity for humans to step in and correct some of our previous mistakes if we are to preserve biodiversity.Did you know that four of our six resident deer species in the UK are not native to these shores? Have you considered the ethical, animal welfare and human health impacts of eating wild game versus intensively farmed meat? Is deer hunting just satisfying a primitive blood lust in those who carry it out, or is there a more noble underlying motivation in keeping deer populations healthy and managing our landscapes? All these issues and more are discussed.We also talk about a new rewilding project Tom is involved with and the rewilding movement's argument that instead of continuing to shoot deer we should just reintroduce their natural predators like lynx, wolves and bear to the UK landscape.It may be a controversial topic, but it's super interesting to explore.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.