Month: September 2018

Planet Pod visits the Cairngorm Reindeer with Emily and Alex Smith

During Planet Pod’s summer break we visited Britain’s only free-ranging herd of reindeer in the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland.  As well as getting up close and personal to these magnificent creatures and experiencing some of their natural habitat, we talked to Emily and Alex Smith from Cairngorm Reindeer about the origin of the herd and the benefits and challenges of introducing a species such as reindeer to the Highlands.

Cairngorm Reindeer company

Adopt a Reindeer

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Planet Pod talks Rewilding with Dr Tony Whitbread and Simon Boyle

Planet Pod talks bats, bison and beavers in Sussex – a rewilding discussion with Sussex Wildlife Trust recorded on location at Ebernoe Common.

Join the team as they dodge the late summer rain and walk and talk about re-wilding. What it is – bottom up or top down, the case for wolves and beavers in the UK and tips on what you can do in your plot.

Dr Tony Whitbread (SWT) and Simon Boyle (Argyll Environmental) took shelter with Amanda and Jim in the porch of a country churchyard to chat about how re-wilding really works, what it means and its many benefits.  Then, when the rain stopped, they took a leisurely stroll round the 80 hectares of Ebernoe Common.

Useful links to some of the things mentioned by our guests include:

Short film on Yellowstone

Sussex Wildlife Trust

Wildlife Trusts elsewhere

UKELA Conference on Wild Law 21.9.18

Helen Craddock

Helen Craddock’s passion for nature really blossomed whilst studying for a Foundation degree in Countryside Management at Plumpton College. At Brighton University her dissertation was on "Can beavers be reintroduced to Sussex? A preliminary model of habitat suitability using GIS" the research for which greatly developed her understanding of the concepts of rewilding and ecosystem services. An active member of Ukela Helen has recently started working for Natural England as a Wildlife Advisor.

Katie Purchase

Katie Purchase graduated from University of Nottingham with a degree in animal science. Since then she has channelled her interests to wildlife conservation and is about to complete my masters in global wildlife health and conservation at the University of Bristol. She plans to move on to a career in wildlife legislation, with the hope of eventually being involved in improving policies that relate to wildlife and the surrounding environment.

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