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Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation: hands-on conservation

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There's a lot of talk about conservation, but this really is the hands-on kind. Follow wildlife conservation in the field, as Roy Dennis, based in the Highlands of Scotland, works with his team on the restoration of species in the UK and abroad. Roy has spent his life working with nature, and one of his latest projects involves taking osprey chicks from their nests and sending them south to Poole Harbour in Dorset. Find out how, and why, this happens, and what it takes to turn an apparently simple idea into reality. Tim Mackrill, Fraser Cormack and Ian Perks help tell the story, as they record in the field.

There's a lot of talk about conservation, but this really is the hands-on kind. Follow wildlife conservation in the field, as Roy Dennis, based in the Highlands of Scotland, works with his team on the restoration of species in the UK and abroad. Roy has spent his life working with nature, and one of his latest projects involves taking osprey chicks from their nests and sending them south to Poole Harbour in Dorset. Find out how, and why, this happens, and what it takes to turn an apparently simple idea into reality. Tim Mackrill, Fraser Cormack and Ian Perks help tell the story, as they record in the field.
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United Kingdom

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There's a lot of talk about conservation, but this really is the hands-on kind. Follow wildlife conservation in the field, as Roy Dennis, based in the Highlands of Scotland, works with his team on the restoration of species in the UK and abroad. Roy has spent his life working with nature, and one of his latest projects involves taking osprey chicks from their nests and sending them south to Poole Harbour in Dorset. Find out how, and why, this happens, and what it takes to turn an apparently simple idea into reality. Tim Mackrill, Fraser Cormack and Ian Perks help tell the story, as they record in the field.

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@RoyDennisWF

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English

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0044 1309 611771


Episodes

The white-tailed 'eagle effect' on the Isle of Wight

10/24/2019
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This week's podcast hears from the Isle of Wight, ten weeks after the release of six white-tailed eagles in the last place they bred in England, 240 years ago. Two of the project's volunteer team - biologist Tracy Dove and ornithologist Jim Baldwin - and Forestry England's White-Tailed Eagle Project Officer, Steve Egerton-Read, talk about whether there has been an 'eagle effect' on the island since their release. Has widespread interest in the birds spread out to a broader interest in...

Duration:00:20:37

White-tailed eagles: their reintroduction to Scotland

10/17/2019
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The white-tailed eagle had been absent from Scotland for forty years when the very first attempt at reintroduction took place in 1958. A later project, led in 1968 by Roy Dennis and George Waterston on Fair Isle, between Orkney and Shetland, was groundbreaking but also unsuccessful, due largely to the very small number of birds involved. This podcast, though, hears from John Love, in conversation with Roy, as he talks about his ten years on the Hebridean island of Rum, site of the first...

Duration:00:20:05

White-tailed eagles: side by side with other species

10/10/2019
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The release of six white-tailed eagle chicks on the Isle of Wight in August this year was just one of the early steps on a very long road. The ultimate goal of the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation and Forestry England is to see the species breed again in England after an absence of 240 years, but first the eagles have to learn where they fit in this unfamiliar landscape. The podcast hears about the experience of the Irish White-Tailed Eagle Reintroduction project, which released 100 chicks...

Duration:00:21:55

The adaptability of ospreys

10/4/2019
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As the satellite-tagged osprey Deshar continues to seek a permanent spot in West Africa in which to settle, this podcast looks at how ospreys on their first migration have to compete for space with older birds unwilling to give up prime locations. Roy Dennis explains how ospreys learn to adapt to fishing in foreign waters, facing new hazards such as crocodiles, and hears from The Gambia on how juveniles cope with the hostility of more experienced birds. Because each bird is an individual,...

Duration:00:20:23

The hazards of osprey migration

9/26/2019
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With the migrations of young ospreys Carr and Deshar being followed step-by-step online, with detailed data fed back via their satellite tags, this podcast hears what has happened to them, and looks at the dangers faced by all young birds as they fly south to Africa. Starting with the example of one young osprey, translocated from Scotland to Poole Harbour by Roy Dennis and his team, along with ten other chicks, the podcast looks at the slim chances of a safe arrival at their wintering...

Duration:00:25:58

The migration of young ospreys Carr and Deshar

9/19/2019
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Two juvenile ospreys - Carr and Deshar, satellite-tagged by Roy Dennis in the summer - are on their way from the north of Scotland to their wintering grounds in Africa. Migrating for the first time, and entirely on instinct, the birds, both from the same nest, are flying independently and taking very different routes. Crossing sea, desert and mountain ranges, the birds are being followed online by the children of two local primary schools, closely associated with the nests and the local...

Duration:00:20:55

White-tailed eagles part 3: Culver's flight to London and beyond

9/12/2019
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Of the six white-tailed eagles released on the Isle of Wight in August by the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with Forestry England, five have been content to remain largely on the island. The sixth, named Culver after Culver Cliff, the last place in which sea eagles bred on the Isle of Wight more than 200 years ago, set off for a mammoth journey to London and beyond, returning after eight days to where he began. This podcast talks to people who saw him pass overhead - and...

Duration:00:25:32

Ospreys part 3: the young birds are released at Poole Harbour

9/6/2019
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Continuing the story of the translocation of eleven osprey chicks from Scotland to Poole Harbour on the south coast of England. The birds are released but stay close by, until the urge to migrate sends them on a hazardous journey to Africa. Producer: Moira Hickey Contributors in order of appearance: Fraser Cormack, Ian Perks, Alan Campbell, Tim Mackrill, Roy Dennis, Jason Fathers, Lucy Allen, Paul Morton, Brittany Maxted, Liv Cooper. Music credit: Realness by Kai Engel, from the Free...

Duration:00:26:07

White-tailed eagles part 2: the birds' release on the Isle of Wight

8/29/2019
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Continuing the story of six white-tailed eagle chicks, translocated by the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, working in partnership with Forestry England, from nests in Scotland to the Isle of Wight, off England's south coast. This project aims to re-establish the birds in the place where they last bred in England, 240 years ago. The podcast records the work that went into preparing the birds for their release, and hears how emotional it can be to see these majestic and long-absent birds...

Duration:00:28:14

White-tailed eagles part 1: the journey from Scotland to the Isle of Wight

8/22/2019
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The release of six white-tailed eagle chicks on the Isle of Wight has made national headlines, as it's a reintroduction of Britain's largest bird of prey after an absence of 240 years. The white-tailed eagle was killed out by man, rather than by poor habitat or inadequate food, and it's hoped that the 60 birds which are due to be released in the five years of this project will go on to establish a population, building on the success of similar reintroductions in Scotland. This podcast looks...

Duration:00:29:23

Ospreys part 2: the chicks leave Scotland

8/15/2019
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Continuing the story of a batch of osprey chicks being translocated from the Highlands of Scotland to Poole Harbour on the south coast of England, this podcast explains how to care for young birds, and how Roy Dennis learned the skills he has needed to carry out successful translocation projects over many years. Music credit: Realness by Kai Engel, form the Free Music Archive https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Contributors in order of appearance: Ian Perks, Tim Mackrill,...

Duration:00:23:34

Ospreys part 1: collecting chicks

8/8/2019
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Roy Dennis specialises in the translocation of species: moving birds, in this case osprey chicks, from one area to another, to help grow the population. This is hands-on conservation: the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation prides itself on its direct and proactive approach to wildlife conservation. It is year three of a five-year project, with the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, working in collaboration with the conservation charity Birds of Poole Harbour, aiming to send a total of 60 young...

Duration:00:27:23