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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.

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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.