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We talk to Fiona McKenna and Dave Smallshire of the British Dragonfly Society (BDS) and the work they and the BDS do to engage people, record and conserve dragonflies and damselflies. We also find out what their favourite species of this fascinating group is!Neil Phillips + Victoria Hillman
 
In this episode we look at the Emerald damselflies, the Lestidae, found in the UK. The Common, Scarce, Southern and Willow Emeralds, looking at how to identify them, their habitat preferences, egg laying and larva habits, the recent arrival and spread in the UK of the Willow and Southern Emeralds and some more geeky info……
 
Simon Hughes and Simon Mann reflect on the news of the week - England's superb demolition of Pakistan and talk to Jos Buttler about keeping to Jimmy Anderson, new entrant to the 1000 wicket club See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Vic and Neil talk about our 9 resident Blue Butterfly species, looking at each species and their preferred habitats, larval food plants and their relationship that some have with ants, including how they trick the poor ant hosts into caring for their caterpillars.Neil Phillips + Victoria Hillman
 
The Legal Protection for some of the UK’s most vulnerable Wildlife, including adder, pine martens and mountain hares, is under threat from new proposals by the JNCC to only allow those that are classified as Endangered or Critically Endangered, or a European Protected Species (EPS) to be protected by law. Neil and Steve Allain look……
 
Just a heads up In this episode we talk about women being subject to harassment and worse. We talk to Lucy McRobert about the subject of her ‘Call it out’ article she wrote for Bird Guides (do have a read if you haven’t already), how birding or simply being out in nature alone can make…Neil Phillips + Victoria Hillman
 
Simon Hughes and Simon Mann admire the 'boa constrictor' cricket on day 5 of the World Test Championship final and are joined by west indies Ian Bishop to run the rule over the two sets of high class seam bowlers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
We talk to Jack Greenhalgh, who is studying a PhD on the wonderful underwater acoustic world of ponds & rivers. We talk about his research and listen to some of the noises made by freshwater invertebrates underwater.Neil Phillips + Victoria Hillman
 
Kiwi commentator Simon Doull and India's Dinesh Karthik join the two Simons to preview New Zealand v India for the World Test Championship, a game being billed as the biggest Test match ever. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Something a bit different for episode 50, we invited 7 other wildlife podcasters onto the show: Susy Buttress from Casual Birder , Ryan Dalton from Into the Wild, Emma Bridson from For What is Earth, Jack perks from the Bearded Tit, Rachael Horowitz from Hidden Wings and Bloodlust and Ellie and Ben from the Wildlife……
 
In this episode we talk to Dr Jenni Stockan about Wood Ants, which are 3 of our largest and arguably most interesting species of ants. We discuss how they live, what effect they have on the habitats they live in and the somewhat bizarre stories of people relocating them, sometimes to some far off places!…
 
Our first ever in the field interview, and it is with Mike Coates, warden for RSPB Farnham, where we discuss the Back from the Brink backed Field Cricket reintroduction project and these wonderful insects. In news I cover dogs chasing deer, a bad few weeks for BOP persecution and a project to help the Twaite……
 
A review of the latest county championship action during which Jimmy Anderson takes his 992nd first class wicket, and Paul Collingwood tells us his greatest catch and reflects on the advances in that field See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Simon Hughes hears from Professional Cricketer's Trust president David Graveney the harrowing story of one former player's battle for mere survival and the essential work of the PCT See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
In the second of our spring flowers episodes we talk about the the Bluebell and the Wood Anemone; how and where they grow, why they spread so slowly and the neat trick bluebells use to get phosphorous. In news we talk about the Big Garden Birdwatch results, Large Marsh Grasshopper being reintroduced to Norfolk, the……
 
In the first of 2 spring flower episode we take an in depth look at the Pasque Flower and Snake’s-Head Fritillary, their ecology, native status and uses in history. In news we discuss Freddie the seal being attacked by a dog, Puffin numbers booming to 1940s-level high on Skokholm, Buglife’s investigation finding ‘I’m a Celebrity’……
 
Some big score draws registered in the first round of the 2021 County Championship. David Gower and Essex's Tom Westley talk runs and starting seasons (and Test careers) well. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
We discuss cuckoos with Professor Nick Davies, field naturalist and author of the book ‘Cuckoo: cheating by nature’. We talk about the cuckoos diet, migration and their extraordinary nest parasitism. Over many years of study Nick and his colleagues have answered many of the questions around how the cuckoo gets away with laying it eggs……
 
A special podcast to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of The Cricketer Magazine (parts 1 and 2 combined) with special guests including Piers Morgan, Mark Nicholas, Vic Marks and Nasser Hussain. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
An in depth interview with Chris Woakes, England's player of 2020 who hasn't had a game since, exploring how he has dealt with the winter and endless quarantine, who he'd really like to dismiss in the IPL and why he's called Captain America See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
We talk about bee-flies, the cute brown fuzzy flies that start to appear in Early spring. As guest host we have the only person we could have asked, the woman Nick baker that described as “the best thing that has ever happened to flies, Dr Erica McAlister! (Who was a great guest back in Ep26).…Neil Phillips + Victoria Hillman
 
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