The Lodge Cast
Do beavers help fish? With Beaver Dundee (aka: Rob Needham)

Do beavers help fish? With Beaver Dundee (aka: Rob Needham)

November 23, 2021

OK listeners - we have a confession. We're coming to the end of Season 2 of The Lodge Cast and we're only just talking about the elephant (or fish?) in the room: do beavers help or hinder fish?

However, it's never too late. And good timing too, as a fascinating new piece of research has recently been published by scientist, Rob Needham, as part of his PhD with the University of Southampton.

As well as being Restoration Coordinator at Beaver Trust, Rob's landmark study investigates the response of brown trout to beavers being reintroduced in the UK - and the results are very encouraging: beavers can be very good news for fish populations.

Join Eva and Sophie for a final time this season, as they explore just how fish and beavers might be able to coexist on the river once again. How would this work? And what concerns are there? 

Listen out for the finale of the #FactOff and one final QUIZ!

Are you a beaver believer? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust

Want more beaver? Please leave us a lovely little review, and tell us what you want to hear from SEASON 3 in 2022!

Hosted by Sophie Pavelle and Eva Bishop

Produced and edited by Emma Brisdion.

 

Traffic Light Trees & Beaver Bakeries - with David Oakes

Traffic Light Trees & Beaver Bakeries - with David Oakes

October 27, 2021

Leading up to the UN's 26th Climate Summit in Glasgow (COP26), Sophie and guest co-presenter Emma Brisdion (the producer is multi-skilled!) look up - and delve into the astonishing world of trees. 

To help them on their quest to find out just why we need trees and woodland, and how they're under threat, they chat to actor, fellow podcaster, environmentalist and total tree nerd, David Oakes. Fresh off the set of an upcoming viking Netflix series, Sophie and Emma pick David's brains on why trees are so fundamental - not just for ecosystem health and climate resilience - but also for preserving human culture and society. 

Also coming up: Emma debuts a corker of a fact in the #FactOff and tests Sophie in a bit of a QUIZ.

Need we say more? Dive on in! 

Are you a beaver believer? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust

Want more beaver? Please leave us a lovely little review, so we can bring the joy of beavers to more ears! 

Hosted this week by Sophie Pavelle and Emma Brisdion. 

Produced and edited by Emma Brisdion.

 

 

Fighting Fire with Beavers - with Dr Emily Fairfax

Fighting Fire with Beavers - with Dr Emily Fairfax

September 14, 2021

Against the backdrop of blazing landscapes and record-breaking global heatwaves in 2021, Sophie and Eva want answers.

This month, they chat to ecohydrologist, assistant professor and science communicator, Dr Emily Fairfax from California - who is leading groundbreaking research into how beaver wetlands can act as natural firebreaks. 

Also coming up: Sophie surprises in the #FactOff and Eva devises a bit of a QUIZ.

Need we say more? Dive on in! 

Are you a beaver believer? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust

Want more beaver? Please leave us a lovely little review, so we can bring the joy of beavers to more ears! 

Hosted by Sophie Pavelle and Eva Bishop. 

Produced and edited by Emma Brisdion.

 

 

Finding Answers in Farming - with Richard Bramley

Finding Answers in Farming - with Richard Bramley

August 17, 2021

75% of the UK is set aside for agriculture - and yet we continue to overlook its role in offering effective and positive solutions to environmental degradation and climate change. 

So how can conservationists best support farmers through the demands of farming the land in the next decade? How can collaboration improve ecosystem and community resilience to climate change? 

This episode, we speak to the inspirational and thought-provoking Richard Bramley. As well as being an award-winning arable farmer with a 570-acre farm in Yorkshire, Richard chairs the National Farmers Union (NFU) Environmental Forum, which meets to discuss and champion environmental issues and policy in farming.

Also this month: there's a competitive #FactOff, and Sophie sees how well Eva knows her safari animals in a very special quiz...

Enjoy! 

Are you a beaver believer? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust

Want more beaver? Please leave us a lovely little review, so we can bring the joy of beavers to more ears! 

Hosted by Sophie Pavelle and Eva Bishop. 

Produced and edited by Emma Brisdion.

 

 

Can doctors prescribe ‘nature’? With Dr Amir Khan

Can doctors prescribe ‘nature’? With Dr Amir Khan

July 13, 2021

'Green' and 'blue' prescriptions are increasingly spoken about - but what do they actually mean? And what actually happens in our bodies when we spend time in nature? 

This episode, we speak to the amazing and hilarious Dr Amir Khan, NHS Doctor, bestselling author, and TV GP on Lorraine and Good Morning Britain. As well as being a medical professional, Amir is a hardcore nature lover, spreading daily joy from the wildlife in his garden on social media, as well as encouraging the importance of connecting to nature to his large audience. 

Also this month: Dr Amir gets very excited about Eva's #FactOff, and Eva tests Sophie's knowledge on a very niche topic...

Enjoy! 

Are you a beaver believer? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust

Want more beaver? Please leave us a lovely little review, so we can bring the joy of beavers to more ears! 

Hosted by Sophie Pavelle and Eva Bishop. 

Produced and edited by Emma Brisdion.

Building a new table - with Gillian Burke

Building a new table - with Gillian Burke

June 15, 2021

Welcome back lovely listeners! We are so thrilled to launch SEASON 2 of The Lodge Cast. Eva and Sophie bring you six shiny new episodes and fabulous guests, with topics ranging from nature prescriptions, beavers and plants, beavers and river health, environmental policy and so much more! 

To kick us off, we have the fantastic Gillian Burke talking to us about diversity in conservation, and the importance of restoring nature in a just way - and why we must have these conversations. Gillian is a highly respected broadcaster, writer, activist and journalist, best known for presenting BBC Springwatch. 

Eva and Sophie dig deep for some bizarre facts, and Sophie puts Eva's knowledge to the test in the weirdest quiz yet...enjoy!

Are you a beaver believer? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust

Want more beaver? Please leave us a lovely little review, so we can bring the joy of beavers to more ears as we launch Season 2! 

Hosted by Sophie Pavelle and Eva Bishop. 

Produced and edited by Emma Brisdion.

 

Travel Combs and the Power of the Youth Voice - with Celtic Reptile & Amphibian

Travel Combs and the Power of the Youth Voice - with Celtic Reptile & Amphibian

April 13, 2021

Why is the youth voice so important in the fight against climate change? And did Greta Thunberg have any idea of the #ClimateStrike movement she would inspire around the world? 

Season 1 rounds off with a truly inspirational chat with Harvey and Tom, two teens from Lancashire who are making waves across the captive breeding, rewilding and conservation sector. Celtic Reptile and Amphibian aims to restore Britain's relict populations of these incredible species - and these young men are already inspiring thousands with their passion, drive and knowledge. 

Coming up: Eva & Sophie have a FINAL #FactOff battle to crown the winner of Season 1!

Are you a beaver believer? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust

Want more beaver? Please leave us a lovely little review, so we can bring the joy of beavers to more ears as we plan Season 2! 

Hosted by Sophie Pavelle and Eva Bishop. 

Produced and edited by Emma Brisdion.

Beaver translocation & conservation science - with Dr Roisin Campbell-Palmer

Beaver translocation & conservation science - with Dr Roisin Campbell-Palmer

April 12, 2021

What's the science behind beaver translocation? And why should it form part of an positive management strategy? As part of our content to celebrate British Science Week and International Women's Day, we talk to top beaver ecologist Dr Roisin Campbell-Palmer.

With an impressive career and background in animal management and welfare, field operations and beaver/human conflict management, Roisin imparts heaps of knowledge and wisdom when it comes to bringing these mammals back to British rivers safely, and responsibly. 

Coming up: Eva hits Sophie with an epic #FactOff, and brains are teased in another quiz!

For more information on eco anxiety and professional advice, please click here.

Are you a beaver believer? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust

Want more beaver? Please leave us a lovely little review, so we can bring the joy of beavers to more ears! 

Hosted by Sophie Pavelle and Eva Bishop. 

Produced and edited by Emma Brisdion.

‘Eco Anxiety’: what it means, and what to do about it - with Dr Catriona Mellor

‘Eco Anxiety’: what it means, and what to do about it - with Dr Catriona Mellor

March 8, 2021

We hear a lot about 'eco anxiety' - but what does it mean? 

Our health is intrinsically linked to the health of the planet. But how do we manage those feelings when it all gets a bit overwhelming? Sophie and Eva chat to Dr Catriona Mellor, a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist, who specialises in understanding how the climate and ecological crisis can affect our mental health at any age. Dr Mellor seeks to offer training and insight for other medical clinicians, to develop practical 'toolkits' to manage human fear and distress for the health of the planet. 

In a truly fascinating and moving discussion, this episode hopes to offer a solution-based approach to a sensitive, and very real issue. 

Coming up: will Sophie regain her lead in the #FactOff, and put Eva's knowledge to the test in a quiz? 

For more information on eco anxiety and professional advice, please click here.

Are you a beaver believer? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust

Want more beaver? Please leave us a lovely little review, so we can bring the joy of beavers to more ears! 

Hosted by Sophie Pavelle and Eva Bishop. 

Produced and edited by Emma Brisdion.

The Climate Crisis and Parachuting Beavers - with Simon Reeve

The Climate Crisis and Parachuting Beavers - with Simon Reeve

January 12, 2021

So what does 'climate change' really mean? And what can we do about it? 

Sophie and Eva chat to acclaimed author, TV presenter and journalist Simon Reeve, using his unique experience of the planet and expeditions to far-flung corners of the world, to share thoughts on the climate crisis and explore where beavers fit into a solution-based approach. 

Also coming up: the Fact-Off returns and Sophie puts Eva's nature knowledge to the test in a quiz. 

Want to buy Simon's latest book? Click here. 

Are you a beaver believer? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust

Want more beaver? Please leave us a lovely little review, so we can bring the joy of beavers to more ears! 

Hosted by Sophie Pavelle and Eva Bishop. 

Produced and edited by Emma Brisdion.

 

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