The Wildlife Explorer

Essex Wildlife Trust

Welcome to The Wildlife Explorer, a podcast by Essex Wildlife Trust, where we aim to inspire you with our work to protect the wildlife and wild places of Essex and what you can do to help wildlife wherever you live.

Whether you're tuning in from Essex or Outer Mongolia, join us for a show full of fun facts, interviews with our experts and special guests and top tips to help wildlife thrive.

All Episodes

We've reached our 10th episode! Today, we’re going to be talking all about autumn arrivals - from birds to mushrooms, there’s lots of new discoveries popping up during this season. So, if you struggle to tell your fieldfares from your redwings and your fly agarics from your jelly ears, we’ve got you covered (with some bonus bird impressions too..!) We’ll also be explaining how and why birds choose to migrate such vast distances, as well as talking about a very important event for environmental issues across the globe - COP26. This is the UN’s climate change conference being held in Glasgow this year, starting on October 31. We will be asking MP’s to ensure this conference tackles both the climate and nature crisis and you can do your bit to help too. Thank you to everyone who has joined us on our nature journey so far, keep an ear out for our bonus Christmas special episode in December and we will see you next year for lots more inspiring nature stories, special guests and updates about our conservation work.

Oct 21

29 min 58 sec

Imagine being able to see your favourite shop shimmering in the distance, full of delicious food to feed you and your family, but all roads leading to it are cut off. In a roundabout way, this is the problem our wildlife faces on a daily basis. With an ever increasing number of houses and roads being built, the pockets of habitat wildlife rely on are getting smaller. We are trying to change that by ensuring wildlife corridors are in place to connect habitats across the county - and you can help too!  On today's episode, we'll be looking at the problems fish face getting from A to B in our rivers, the wondrous journeys of brent geese, a wander around our Abbotts Hall Farm nature reserve and how you can get involved in our exciting new campaign, the #BigWildSeedSow for which, with your help, we are aiming to plant one million native wildflowers across the county.   

Sep 20

32 min 57 sec

On today’s episode we will be talking all about our amazing Essex coastline. From our unique orange seals to our swaying underwater seagrass meadows. We’ll be heading off on a rooftop adventure looking out from the top of the Nature Discovery Centre at Thameside Nature Park as well as finding out about some of the more unusual species that you may be able to spot around the county. Find out how you can share our shores with the wonderful wildlife that rely on this special habitat and a chance to get your running shoes on for the Essex Coastal Challenge too

Aug 13

30 min 11 sec

On today’s episode we’ll be talking all about our brilliant bugs and why they matter so much. From the familiar to the strange, the big to the small, bugs play a huge part in ensuring a healthy eco-system – as well as being amazing beings in their own right. Find out who came to visit our moth trap, what we’re doing to help bees and invertebrates at Two Tree Island, how you can help insects simply by driving your car, as well as tips for providing a better environment for bugs in your own garden. Go on, give a bug a hug! 

Jul 16

36 min 3 sec

On today’s episode we’ll be talking about one of most fundamental aspects of being able to live a happy and healthy life – and that’s our wellbeing. Specifically, we’ll be looking at how nature can have such an important part to play in helping us to achieve this. From Random Acts Of Wildness to meditation, the power of volunteering to the importance of instilling a love of nature in our children, we hope there will be something that everyone can find useful on their own personal journey to enhancing their sense of wellbeing.

Jun 11

59 min 28 sec

On today’s episode of The Wildlife Explorer, we’ll be getting up at the crack of dawn to experience one of nature’s greatest gifts – the dawn chorus. We’ll also be delving a bit deeper into the lives of nightingales, which many people would say are the showpiece of the dawn chorus, as well as finding out about the coastal and migratory birds that still like to get involved in the action; albeit with a background of rolling waves rather than rustling trees. We’ll also be answering your question of the week and sharing lots of other facts along the way.

May 12

43 min 2 sec

On today's episode of The Wildlife Explorer we'll be talking bats, badgers and swallows and I'll be joined by some experts from across the Trust who will be delving into these creatures often secretive lives to tell us a bit more about what they're up to now spring has burst into life.  We'll also be answering your question of the week and telling you about some of the species and spectacles you can hope to see this month. Grab a cuppa and come and join us for a wander through the countryside. 

Apr 13

39 min 40 sec

Today’s bumper episode of The Wildlife Explorer is all about trees and we’re going to be joined by special guest James Canton, who’s the author of the BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week 'The Oak Papers'. He will be sharing his experiences with one special tree in particular, an aged oak called the Honywood which he visited through the seasons and in all weathers.  He’ll be telling us about what he learnt from sitting underneath the ancient boughs and how we can all be more intimately connected with nature. We’ll also be joined by some special guests from across the Trust helping you to decide which trees are best to plant in your own garden, the magic of trees in spring, at what point an ancient woodland becomes an ancient woodland and you can learn more about our very own tree of life situated at our Fingringhoe Wick reserve.

Mar 5

48 min 54 sec

Today’s episode of The Wildlife Explorer is a bird special and I will be joined by some expert special guests from across the Trust, who are going to be telling us lots of things you may not know about our feathered friends! So, come with us for a walk along the beach to learn about some of the wonderful waders that live there, find out the difference between dabbling and diving ducks, learn the best way to feed the birds that come into your garden, why you might not want to be neighbours with a wren and finally, how to tell the difference between crows, rooks and ravens.

Feb 4

33 min 44 sec

Welcome to The Wildlife Explorer, a podcast by Essex Wildlife Trust, where we aim to inspire you with our work to protect the wildlife and wild places of Essex, and what you can do to help wildlife wherever you live. In today's episode, we will be talking about how lockdown has affected our wildlife in positive, negative and sometimes surprising ways, amazing wildlife spectacles you can see this winter, how saltmarshes are our unsung heroes in the fight against climate change, we share our top winter wildlife gardening tips and answer the question - where do butterflies go over the winter? Whether you live in Essex or Outer Mongolia, join us for a show full of fun facts, interviews with our experts and special guests and top tips to help wildlife thrive.

Dec 2020

29 min 52 sec