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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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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.




Episode 14: Episode 14: Field mouse

Jules is joined by Professor Sheena Cruickshank of the University of Manchester to talk about a very brave mouse spotted drinking at the pond edge. We talk mostly about the parasitic organism called toxoplasmosis and its impact on mouse behaviour, plus a bit about university life.


Episode 13: Episode 13: Microscopic magic interlude!

The summer break continues. Jules talks to an audience at Green Man Festival in August 2019 about the wonder of ponds for microscopic organisms. There's also a run-through of the animals that have visited the Pond Playlist so far. ENJOY!


Episode 12: BONUS! Pond sex interlude!

No scientists in this edition while the summer break continues! Here's a special bonus edition recorded on Saturday 3rd of August at Wilderness Festival 2019. Jules talks in the Books Tent about the reproductive exploits of pond animals. Nothing too explicit (and no swears) but younger listeners should ask their parents to listen first partly for guidance and also to improve my podcast download statistics.


Episode 11: Episode 11: Water fleas

It's the summer holidays so Jules is struggling to find a friendly scientist to interview! Thankfully two young people (my bored offspring on their summer holidays) have stepped in to explore water fleas (Daphnia sp.) with the use of the microscope that sits in the corner of our kitchen. Normal service will resume in due course! Thanks for all your kind comments on this podcast - you are so lovely x


Episode 10: Episode 10: Duckweed Weevil

Jules speaks to Martin Fowlie, the RSPB's Media Relations Manager - a man with a (not-so) secret life as a beetle-lover. We talk weevils and how to find beetles in your garden. Martin's brilliant blog, called Of Moths and Men, is found here www.mothsandman.blogspot.com


Episode 9: Episode 9: Honeybees

Jules Howard is joined by writer and TV face and all round fantastic voice for wildlife gardening, Kate Bradbury. Together they discuss the wildlife moving into Kate's own garden pond, recently featured on Springwatch. The episode is recorded at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Festival 2019. Photo: Charles J Sharp: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Honeybee(Apis_mellifera).jpg


Episode 8: Frogs

A FROG! A FROG HAS TURNED UP! Jules visits Froglife's Jenny Tse-Leon and Emily Millhouse to talk about FLIPPIN FROGS! Recorded at Hampton Nature Reserve, Peterborough. You can find out more about Froglife and their range of really interesting projects at www.froglife.org


Episode 7: Water-bears

Professor Adam Hart joins Jules at Cheltenham Science Festival to talk about a tardigrade (sometimes called a moss piglet or water-bear) that turned up in some moss dangling over the pond edge. Topics include microscopy, memories and invertebrates that are gateway drugs to hardcore entomology. Michael Rosen's book 'We're going on a bear hunt' features heavily. The sample is from this author's reading: https://youtu.be/0gyI6ykDwds


Episode 6: Bloodworms

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...


Episode 5: Copepods

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


Episode 4: Ramshorn snails

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....


Episode 3: Rotifers

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...


Episode 2: Nematode worms

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...


Episode 1: Diatoms

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