The main topic is what pond creatures, such as the pond oilve mayfly, do to survive the cold in winter, and give some tips on how to look after your pond when it freezes over.
Neil and Victoria’s News
Victoria talks about a trip to German museum with a amber collection and Neil mentions his productive Christmas period photography trips, with sparrowhawk, cattle egret and kestrel photos.
We answer questions on kestrels decline, and what our first memory of wildlife in the garden was, along with what surprises us about nature.
UK Wildlife News
We cover the human caused seal pup deaths at Winterton and the subsequent attacks on seal photographers online, then discuss an article that makes the argument that why dogs should be allowed in nature reserves.
Other notes/links to things mention in the podcast
Freshwater habitats trust help page for ponds in winter
Jules Howard’s website, who’s ‘Wildlife Pond Book’ and podcast is mentioned (edit: it appears the podcast has been taken down, but you can still get his book there
Photos of what we mentioned ‘Neil and Victoria’s’ news’ portion of the the podcast:
Had the sparrowhawk land in front of the at Rainham Marshes hide today, but it was too close to fit in – oh well always next time…@WildlifeMag@ChrisGPackham@Natures_Voice @DilgerTV pic.twitter.com/Rj8nFHQxDV
— Neil Phillips (@UK_Wildlife) December 19, 2019
— Neil Phillips (@UK_Wildlife) January 7, 2020
When the Kestrel sits so close enough you don’t even have to crop! (though it was at 1200mm equivalent with @OlympusUK 300mm f4 + 2x teleconvertor!)
— Neil Phillips (@UK_Wildlife) January 6, 2020
Had a wonderful couple of hours at the natural history museum in Stuttgart with the family looking at the dinosaurs and amber collection. pic.twitter.com/dgHFuGNS41
— Victoria Hillman (@vikspics) January 1, 2020