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Join science-writer Jules Howard and a host of fabulous scientists to chart the life of each and every animal species colonising a tiny backyard pond in the UK. Yes, this is quite possibly the most niche weekly podcast on the internet.

Join science-writer Jules Howard and a host of fabulous scientists to chart the life of each and every animal species colonising a tiny backyard pond in the UK. Yes, this is quite possibly the most niche weekly podcast on the internet.
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United Kingdom

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Join science-writer Jules Howard and a host of fabulous scientists to chart the life of each and every animal species colonising a tiny backyard pond in the UK. Yes, this is quite possibly the most niche weekly podcast on the internet.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 6: Episode 6: Bloodworms

5/24/2019
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Yay! Bloodworms are in the pond at last! Jules is joined by the magnificent Dr Erica McAlister, world fly aficionado who is based at the Natural History Museum, London. We talk about chironomid larvae, commonly called bloodworms, and about why flies are such a fantastic part of the insect family tree. We also talk about their vital role in pond foodwebs. In the latter stages, Erica mentions the Dipterist's Forum, the The Society for the study of flies. You can find loads more about this...

Duration:00:16:09

Episode 5: Copepods

5/17/2019
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Copepods have arrived! Jules is joined by the marvellous Dr Ceri Lewis, marine biologist at the University of Exeter. We chat about copepod behaviour, their anatomy and their role in ecosystems. We also talk about how badly they may be being impacted by plastic pollution - including in the Arctic. Interested in copepods and Ceri's work? Course you are! Now go check out this unbelievably good website for information and educational resources: encounteredu.com

Duration:00:21:16

Episode 4: Ramshorn snails

5/9/2019
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Finally! After four weeks, an animal we can see with the naked eye! Jules is joined by Dr Helen Scales to talk about the gorgeous ramshorn snail that is currently making the pond its home. We talk about shell evolution, snail anatomy and the wonderful world of molluscs. Their is loads of information on Helen and her marvellous book here: https://helenscales.com Enjoy! The musical introduction features a sample of a man discovering froglets in his patio conservatory. The video is here....

Duration:00:16:01

Episode 3: Rotifers

5/1/2019
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Jules is joined by Dr Chris Wilson of Imperial College London to talk about the pond's third coloniser, the charming (and wholly sexless) rotifers! We talk about how these animal have tamed time and space to become masters (mistresses?) of the world's temporary freshwaters. Enjoy! Chris's biog and a link to all of his teams papers can be found here: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/chris.wilson Thanks for listening! Don't forget, if you have pond-based questions don't forget to get on...

Duration:00:12:24

Episode 2: Nematode worms

4/24/2019
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Jules rambles on about nematode worms, the second visitor coloniser of his tiny pond. Scientific insights and general brilliance come this week courtesy of Emma Sherlock, the Natural History Museum's worm guru. Emma is very keen on earthworms as you'll hear and is a champion of the Earthworm Society of Britain - go to https://www.earthwormsoc.org.uk/ to find out more. Music this week was from N3rgul and the track was THE RETURN OF THE "A FEAST FOR SNAKES". More details of the track (which...

Duration:00:14:33

Episode 1: Diatoms

4/15/2019
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In this -THE FIRST EPISODE!- Jules speaks to Dr David Williams (of the Natural History Museum, London) about the pond's first coloniser, a humble diatom. Also some chat about British pond projects - especially the cool map of new pond projects that can be found www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk. Music by Harmony Molina - the track is called ‘This flying circus is just beginning’ http://freemusicarchive.org/music/HarmonyMolina

Duration:00:17:29