Trees A Crowd

Trees A Crowd

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A podcast for those curious about the world around us. Entertaining discussions with people inspired by, or devoted to, the Natural World.


Dr George McGavin (Part Two): Putting the “Ooo!” into Zooology with evil cats and spider penises!
Oct 5 • 37 min
In part two of this conversation with Dr George McGavin, we find out that he has not one, but five bugs named after him - one of which was given to him by the ‘world cockroach expert’! If there’s a better measure for knowing how influential you’ve been in…
Dr George McGavin (Part One): A World of Colour! The vertebrate in an invertebrate world!
Sep 28 • 53 min
Dr George McGavin is a zoologist, entomologist and broadcaster, and currently serves as President for the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Best known for hosting documentaries including ‘Lost Land of the Volcano’, ‘Oak Tree: Nature’s Greatest Survivor’ and, most…
Doug Allan: A witness beneath the waves on World Manta Day
Sep 17 • 78 min
Happy World Manta Day! To celebrate the wonders of our ocean’s Flappiest Friends, this special episode explores the experiences and encounters of Manta Trust patron and legendary explorer-cameraman, Doug Allan. Described by Sir David Attenborough as one…
(More) Mark Carwardine: On the realities of anti-poaching patrols & his conservation heroes
Sep 14 • 36 min
In the final of three episodes focused on Animal Conservation, David Oakes speaks again (you’ll remember him from his Narwhal-centric episode at the top of this season) to Mark Carwardine - zoologist, conservationist, broadcaster and photographer. Having…
Georgina Lamb: A Lamb leading lions, elephants, pangolins, snow leopards, rhinos and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Aug 31 • 50 min
Georgina Lamb is the Chief Executive of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. The charity was founded by her grandfather, the late great artist Sir David Shepherd, and funds key conservation projects across the world. This conversation touches on the…
Will Travers OBE: Born free and committed to compassionate conservation
Aug 17 • 35 min
Will Travers OBE is one of the UK’s most influential animal rights activists, founding the Born Free Foundation in 1984 with his parents, originally under the name Zoo Check. As most of the world has been placed under strict lockdown and quarantine rules,…
World Oyster Day: Prof. Rowan Lockwood & Dr Bryce Stewart “shell-ebrate” the mighty mollusc!
Aug 5 • 37 min
As kismet would have it, it’s WORLD OYSTER DAY! Before we found out oysters even had their own day, we wanted to celebrate these slippery salt-water molluscs because it turns out, when gathered together, they’re quite amazing and could provide natural…
Prof. Kate Jones (Part Two): Bats - mixing your margaritas since 55,000,000 BC
Jul 27 • 37 min
“Bats are awesome and endlessly fascinating” - and it’s a good job too, because this is the second part of a two-part conversation all about the flying mammals! After rain stopped play last week, this in-depth conversation with Prof. Kate Jones (UCL’s…
Prof. Kate Jones (Part One): What do you get if you cross David Attenborough with Harrison Ford?
Jul 20 • 43 min
Part Indiana Jones, part David Attenborough - and a real live descendant of Charles “Origin of the Species” Darwin - Professor Kate Jones is a professor of ecology and biodiversity at UCL. A previous recipient of the Leverhulme award, she spends a LOT of…
Dr William C. Tweed: Whale < Bear < Human < Squirrel
Jul 13 • 8 min
In this outtake from last week’s full episode with the American historian and naturalist Dr William C. Tweed, we discover that the law of the jungle is far from obvious as we explore the history of the Grizzly Bear in California, and the fact that it is…
Dr William C. Tweed: The secret histories of John Muir’s Giant Redwoods
Jul 6 • 63 min
Dr William C. Tweed is a lover of Big Trees - the Giant Redwoods of California to be precise. An historian and naturalist, he has a career spanning over 30 years working for the US national park service, and after holding several roles at the Sequoia and…
Serena Manteghi: Ophelia and Shakespeare’s floral secrets
Jun 22 • 27 min
The third and final of our “Wildlfower Women” trilogy comes in the form a scene of Shakespearean serenity, unfolding upon the banks of the River Ouse (if you can excuse the sounds of nearby building works!) Serena Manteghi played Ophelia to David Oakes’…
Rosalind Forbes Adam: The field of dreams at the Woodmeadow Trust
Jun 15 • 35 min
Rosalind Forbes Adam is the founder and project leader of the Woodmeadow Trust in York, formerly the Hagges Woods Trust. The idea of “raising tomorrow’s ancient woodland” was born from a question all husbands have surely asked their wives at some point -…
Jennie Martin: Foraging, fungi and forest bathing in lockdown
Jun 8 • 31 min
Jennie Martin is an ethnobotanist and conservationist with a particular interest in ethnomycology and nature literacy. The founder, and 15 year executive director, of the award-winning charity ‘Wild things!’, Jennie has designed and delivered a variety of…
Life on Langholm Moor: Wild justice and community spirit seeking the raptors’ return
Jun 1 • 43 min
In this bonus episode of “Trees A Crowd”, David Oakes looks into the world of wildlife crime and discusses the benefits of one of the largest planned community buyouts the country has ever seen. Kevin Cumming, the Langholm Initiative’s project leader, and…
Dara McAnulty: The young naturalist providing new perspectives on old problems
May 25 • 47 min
Dara McAnulty is a 16 year old naturalist and writer from Northern Ireland. His love for nature burgeoning at a young age, he began collecting feathers from his garden floor in Belfast. Compelled to share this passion, he began writing a wildly successful…
Éanna Ní Lamhna (Part 2): The trees of Ireland and our snake-free run up to the sixth extinction
May 17 • 33 min
In part two of our conversation with Ireland’s favourite naturalist, Éanna Ní Lamhna, the broadcasting force of nature explains how St Patrick is not to blame for a lack of snakes in Ireland, why one local shop has never sold a mole trap, and why certain…
Éanna Ní Lamhna (Part 1): The force of nature teaching teachers about the Emerald Isle
May 10 • 35 min
Éanna Ní Lamhna is undoubtedly Ireland’s favourite naturalist and broadcaster. She has served as the president of the Tree Council of Ireland, secretary for the Irish part of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, and as president of An Taisce, the…
Alastair Humphreys: Living adventurously, yet learning how to love home
Apr 26 • 57 min
Alastair Humphreys, named as one of National Geographic’s adventurers of the year, has walked, cycled and climbed over seemingly every surface of the planet. He began his adventures in his early 20s, and since then has cycled more than 46,000 miles around…
“Curlew” by Bella Hardy
Apr 22 • 7 min
The uninterrupted world premiere of Bella Hardy’s song “Curlew”, as featured in our “World Curlew Day” episode - https://www.treesacrowd.fm/world-curlew-day/ This release also includes an introduction from Bella, atop Kinder Scout. Many thanks to Bella…
CURL-EW-PHORIA!
Apr 21 • 49 min
Why the duck is everyone wacky about this wonderful wader? In this special episode of Trees A Crowd, David Oakes calls on friends in lockdown to discuss the wonders of an incredible bird, the Curlew. Featuring field recordings from sound-recordist Chris…
Alastair Gunn: Roses, wildflowers and tending ‘to the manor’s thorn’
Apr 17 • 25 min
In the third and final episode of the Castle Howard trilogy, you’re introduced to head of gardens and landscapes, Alastair Gunn. Starting in one of the estate’s rose gardens, we meet a stunning, rare, white china rose, thought to be a devoniensis, planted…
Nick Cooke: Beneath the boughs with bluebells and brambles
Apr 15 • 25 min
In the second episode of the Castle Howard trilogy, meet the head of forestry, Nick Cooke. Nick has been part of the team looking after the estate since 1975, and over the years has had to figure out how to maintain the extensive forests, all-in-all…
Nick Howard: Heritage, home and honing the Howard’s way
Apr 13 • 31 min
We begin this trilogy of episodes at Castle Howard, with Nick Howard himself. Most recognisable to the public from the television show “Brideshead Revisited”, but for Nick the Castle Howard estate was his childhood home, a place where he felt such a…
Luci Ryan: A hidden battle against HS2 to preserve five ancient woodlands
Mar 31 • 17 min
David, speaking here as an Ambassador for the Woodland Trust, is joined in conversation by Luci Ryan, an ecologist and Lead Policy Advocate for conservation on behalf of the Woodland Trust. HS2 ltd - the company behind the Government’s highspeed rail…
Dr Helen Pheby: Sculpture for sheep, and rhubarb trains; the place ‘Extraordinary’ can happen
Mar 30 • 58 min
Dr Helen Pheby is the head of curatorial programmes at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Set in 500 acres of historic parkland, the park has provided a “gallery without walls” for artists such as Elisabeth Frink, Auguste Rodin, Giuseppe Penone, and local legends…
Edward Davey: Learning how to feed the planet in response to COVID-19
Mar 26 • 17 min
Edward Davey is the Director of Geographic Deep Dives for the World Resources Institute and the Food and Land Use Coalition. Here, David and Ed speak briefly in direct response to the state of the global COVID-19 pandemic and how we might feed the people…
Tim Pears: Foraging fables from the hedgerows of the West Country
Mar 16 • 60 min
Tim Pears is a multi-award-winning author. His novel ‘In a Land of Plenty’ was made into a 10-part drama series for the BBC, and he’s just published the final book in his ‘West Country Trilogy’. Compared to Balzac and Hardy and inspired by Cormac McCarthy…
Rob Rose & Nat Stoppard: Food as a by-product of conservation at Rosewood Farm
Mar 2 • 57 min
Rosewood Farm makes its home in the Lower Derwent Valley, deep in the Yorkshire Ings. Here, Rob Rose, his partner Natalie Stoppard, and their award-winning herd of 160 Irish Dexters – Europe’s smallest native cattle breed – place conservation,…
Ingrid Newkirk: One woman and ‘Animalkind’; the tale of PETA’s rabbits
Feb 17 • 69 min
Ingrid Newkirk is an animal rights activist, author, and the president of PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – and after 40 years of activism, her passion remains infectiously captivating. Ingrid was born in Britain, raised in India,…
Dr Bryce Stewart: The man who writes his phone number on lobsters
Feb 3 • 62 min
Dr Bryce Stewart is a marine ecologist and fisheries biologist, and is currently a lecturer for the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York. His love for marine life began at the age of five, when he decided he wanted to be a…
Dr Catherine Barlow: No puffins were harmed in the making of this golden eagle podcast
Jan 20 • 56 min
Dr Catherine Barlow is project manager of the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project, and previously worked on the ground-breaking Osprey Translocation Project at Rutland Water. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the Open Book in…
Mark Carwardine: “Don’t ever french-kiss a Narwhal”… and other words of wisdom
Jan 3 • 53 min
Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, leading conservationist, broadcaster and photographer. He came to prominence through his book and BBC documentary series “Last Chance to See” which he created with Douglas Adams of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”…
Joanna Lentini: Swimming with crocodiles to photograph her fears
Dec 16, 2019 • 24 min
Joanna Lentini is an underwater photographer and adventurer. She runs ‘Deep Focus Images’, a company that organises trips for those interested in pursuing wildlife photography. She is also the COO of ocean education organisation ‘Oceans in Focus’. Her…
Victoria Bromley: Producing wildlife documentaries and inspiring the next generation
Dec 13, 2019 • 48 min
Victoria Bromley is a wildlife filmmaker and part of the BBC’s natural history unit. She has produced some of their most recognisable programmes, including Spring Watch, Planet Earth Live and Blue Planet II. She’s worked to highlight the plight of the…
Dr Richard Benwell: Carbon footprints and coots’ feet; the Greenman running in Wantage
Nov 22, 2019 • 53 min
Dr Richard Benwell is the chief executive of England’s largest environmental coalition. He has worked at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and, most recently, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural…
Dr Jo Elworthy: Living in Eden – how to leave the world better than you found it
Nov 14, 2019 • 68 min
Dr Jo Elworthy is a botanist and the director of interpretation at the Eden Project in Cornwall. She’s been involved with Eden since its inception, and has spent a great deal of time researching plantlife as well as creating books and films specialising…
Sir John Lawton: The wit, wisdom and winged omens of the man who would re-wild Chernobyl
Nov 4, 2019 • 59 min
Professor Sir John Lawton is a fellow of the Royal Society, president of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and chair of the Endangered Landscapes Programme. Previously a trustee of the WWF, head of the Natural Environment Research Council and the most recent…
Amanda Owen: Deep in the Dales with the Yorkshire Shepherdess
Oct 18, 2019 • 65 min
Amanda Owen is a farmer, known to readers and television viewers worldwide as the ‘Yorkshire Shepherdess’. With her husband Clive and their nine children, she looks after Ravenseat, Swaledale – one of the most exposed farms in the Dales. Alongside running…
The Art of Trees: Live from the Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Woodland Trust
Oct 10, 2019 • 52 min
Trees have captured the imagination of some of Britain’s most important landscape painters, with artists including John Constable and Paul Nash inspired by their diversity of form, character and symbolic significance. Here, in discussion with David in his…
Harry Barton: Balancing Wildlife in Devon and a Vision of Natural Justice
Oct 2, 2019 • 66 min
Harry Barton is the chief executive of the Devon Wildlife Trust. He has worked for nearly 25 years in the environmental sector, including spells at the Earth Trust, the Council for National Parks, Kew Gardens, CPRE and the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Amidst…
Tannis Davidson: Bulletproof elephants, 3D-printing a quagga and cloning thylacines
Sep 12, 2019 • 70 min
Tannis Davidson is the curator of the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at University College London. From unearthing the dismembered arms of mummies at archaeological digs in Egypt to searching for fossils in Beijing, Tannis has a rich…
Chris Watson (Part Two): If a podcast is recorded in a forest, and no one is around to hear it…
Aug 21, 2019 • 59 min
This is the second part of the conversation with Chris Watson, following on from the recordings made during the dawn chorus. Chris is a legendary sound recordist and president of the Wildlife Sound Recording Society. He’s worked on a whole host of…
Chris Watson (Part One): The winds catching the conifers – and the secrets of the dawn chorus
Aug 20, 2019 • 47 min
Chris Watson is the president of the Wildlife Sound Recording Society. He’s worked on a range of television and radio documentaries, alongside the likes of Sir David Attenborough. In this serene example of ‘slow radio’, Chris takes David to Stonehaugh,…
Dr Jess French: Two legs, good – six legs, better! One woman and her many minibeasts
Aug 9, 2019 • 51 min
Dr Jess French is a veterinary surgeon, writer and television presenter. She fronts the CBeebies show Minibeast Adventureand has recently published the book, How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear, both aimed at getting our younger generations…
Dr Terry Gough: Sowing seeds in the flowerbeds of Kings and Queens
Jul 29, 2019 • 67 min
Dr Terry Gough is the head of gardens and estates at Hampton Court Palace. For nearly three decades, he’s followed in the footsteps of the likes of Lancelot Capability Brown, and has made the palace look and smell fit for a king. On a private walking tour…
Rebecca Speight: The Overstory and Understory of the Woodland Trust
Jul 11, 2019 • 51 min
Rebecca Speight is currently the CEO of the Woodland Trust and will shortly be taking over the reigns of the RSPB. Beccy began her foray into the Natural World to satisfy her “sense of connectivity”. Following years working for the National Trust she was…
Wolfgang Buttress and Dr Martin Bencsik: Hive minds waxing lyrical
Jun 26, 2019 • 60 min
Wolfgang Buttress is an award-winning artist who creates multi-sensory artworks that draw inspiration from our evolving relationship with nature, and Dr Martin Bencsik is an associate professor in the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent…
Bella Hardy: Singing in the Shadows of Mountains
Jun 13, 2019 • 53 min
In this episode, David speaks to award-winning folk musician Bella Hardy. A fiddle-singer and songwriter from Edale in the Peak District, she has performed at festivals worldwide and on the UK folk circuit since she was 13. In 2007, she released her debut…
Maldives Underwater Initiative: Diving with Pearls
May 30, 2019 • 74 min
In this episode, David speaks to members of the Maldives Underwater Initiative based at the Six Senses resort in Laamu Atoll. The initiative includes members of The Manta Trust, Blue Marine Foundation, The Olive Ridley Project and other marine…
Dr Guy Stevens: Guarding the Big Blue’s Gentle Giant
May 16, 2019 • 49 min
Dr Guy Stevens is the CEO and co-founder of The Manta Trust. An experienced marine biologist and expert in conservation, he set up the Maldivian Manta Ray Project in 2005. Working closely with the Maldivian government to establish protective measures and…
Dr Fay Clark: Ring-tails, Killer Whales and the history of the British Zoo.
May 6, 2019 • 57 min
Dr Fay Clark is an animal welfare scientist. A self-confessed “zoo geek”, she specialises in the assessment and enhancement of captive animal welfare in traditional zoos, safari parks, sanctuaries and aquariums. She is currently based at Bristol Zoo where…
Dr Ellinor Michel: Snail shells and concrete dinosaurs in deep time
Apr 25, 2019 • 60 min
Dr Ellinor Michel is a molluscan systemetist and ecologist at the Natural History Museum and chair of the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. Her work focuses on malacology (the study of molluscs), taxonomy and nomenclature, and the ecology of the Great…
Dr Steve Etches MBE: Plumbing the prehistoric depths of the Kimmeridge Clay
Apr 22, 2019 • 55 min
Dr Steve Etches MBE is a renowned fossil expert. His collection of over 2,000 pieces from the Kimmeridge Clay include remains of ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, pterosaurs and a whole host of Jurassic marine life. Once housed in his garage, the collection is…
Dr Katherine Brent: Morris dancing, bees and badger cull protestors
Apr 11, 2019 • 31 min
Dr Katherine Brent from Wotton-Under-Edge has danced the Morris since she was 18 years old for sides including Red Stags, Winterbourne Down, Rag Morris and Madcap Morris. She also teaches beekeeping for Rory’s Well, a charity dedicated to regenerating the…
Astrid Goldsmith: Puppets, politics, and The Wind in the Willows with extra Wombles
Apr 4, 2019 • 52 min
Astrid Goldsmith is an award-winning stop-motion animator. After tuition from Great Uncle Bulgaria and 12 years of hand-making models for other people - including Garth Jennings (for “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”), the boy band Blue and the…
David Fettes: Going against the crowd - and the best moment to press the button
Mar 24, 2019 • 48 min
David Fettes is technically a wildlife photographer but is far better described as a force – and primarily a part – of nature. Growing up in India and in England, surrounded by snakes, langur monkeys and even more baleful creatures, he has stretched the…
Polly Morgan: Form and colour rather than life and death
Mar 6, 2019 • 43 min
Polly Morgan is a modern artist known for her sculptural taxidermy. Growing up in pastoral Oxfordshire, she’s been surrounded by animals from an early age. After moving to London to read English literature at university, she took a one-day course in avian…
Mark Frith: a legacy of Britain’s ancient oaks
Feb 20, 2019 • 47 min
Mark Frith is an artist and film-maker. His documentaries include “The War on Love”, “Hotel Splendide”, and BAFTA award-winning documentary “The Lie of the Land”. In 2011, he began a project which was commissioned by the late publisher and poet Felix…