The Birdy Bug Pod

by Matthew and Steve

Just a father and son who are passionate about wildlife, photography and the environment. Grab a coffee and join us as we chat about doing our bit for the planet, interesting news stories and the incredible work being done around the world that gives us hope. Oh, and we'll probably have a good natter about our photographic escapades from time to time too.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • What the fungi

    What the fungi

    Tasty fried mushrooms with your breakfast may be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word fungi, but did you know that they are essential to mitigating climate change? In fact, the fungi kingdom is far more diverse and vital than we could have imagined. From incredible carbon storage and ability to improve the health of forests to even providing sustainable packaging and breaking down plastics! Grab a coffee and join us for a chilled chat about the remarkable world of fungi. We couldn't dive too deeply into any one aspect, or we would probably still be recording the episode. But we wanted to provide an introduction to an easily overlooked group of organisms that are truly fascinating and absolutely essential to the health of our planet. We had a great time recording this episode and hope you enjoy listening. Get in touch: As always, please do feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions, feedback, comments, or just want to say hi! The easiest way to get in touch is to ping us a message on Instagram: Steve - @a.bird.in.the.lens Matthew - @a.bug.in.the.lens Timestamps 00:00:00 Catch up 00:03:00 Introduction to the world of fungi 00:18:09 Fungi and the environment 00:39:28 Innovative fungi technologies 00:48:31 Wrap up Links https://www.kew.org/read-and-watch/whats-a-fungi https://microbiologysociety.org/why-microbiology-matters/what-is-microbiology/fungi.html https://microbiologysociety.org/blog/the-fungus-that-makes-zombie-ants-could-use-biological-clocks-to-control-their-minds.html https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/fungi-stores-third-carbon-fossil-fuel-emissions-and-could-be-essential-reaching-net-zero https://news.mongabay.com/2023/06/mycorrhizal-fungi-hold-co2-equivalent-to-a-third-of-global-fossil-fuel-emissions/ https://www.conservation.org/blog/study-fungi-could-be-vital-for-reaching-climate-goals https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2023/04/14/fungi-makes-meal-of-hard-to-recycle-plastic.html

  • Inspired by Jane Goodall's book of hope

    Inspired by Jane Goodall's book of hope

    Every time we discuss a struggling species or an environmental issue that needs overcoming, we try to finish the chat with some hope. Highlighting the incredible work of tirelessly dedicated people who are out there trying to make a difference. Hope is essential if we are to overcome the monumental challenges facing nature and our planet, a sentiment that is at the heart of Dr Jane Goodall's inspiring book of hope. So, join us for an uplifting episode as we delve into the four reasons that give her hope. From nature's remarkable resilience to the incredible power of young people, we showcase examples from around the world that embrace these four reasons and should give us all hope that we can prevail. We had a brilliant time recording this episode and really hope you enjoy it. The Book of Hope truly resonated with Steve, and we implore everyone to read it. Jane Goodall is a legendary primatologist and conservationist and is still fighting for nature, still lecturing and educating at the age of 90. Structured as a series of discussions between herself and co-author Douglas Abrams, Goodall's argument for hope in these troubling times is uplifting, inspiring, and definitely something we all need a lot more of. What stories give you hope? We would love to know! Get in touch: As always, please do feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions, feedback, comments, or just want to say hi! The easiest way to get in touch is to ping us a message on Instagram: Steve - @a.bird.in.the.lens Matthew - @a.bug.in.the.lens Timestamps: 00:00:00 Intro 00:08:22 The amazing human intellect 00:27:17 The resilience of nature 00:38:39 The power of young people 00:49:31 The indomitable human spirit 00:59:07 Wrap up Links: The Book of Hope - the Jane Goodall Institute UK the Jane Goodall Institute Homepage Educational and Environmental Charity | Roots and Shoots https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/10/innovations-protect-cities-climate-change/ https://www.boredpanda.com/nature-reclaiming-civilization/ https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20190701-why-plants-survived-chernobyls-deadly-radiation https://earth.org/young-climate-activists-leading-the-way-on-global-climate-action/

  • Krill: The unsung heroes of the ocean

    Krill: The unsung heroes of the ocean

    They mitigate the impacts of climate change, support a plethora of species (including the largest animals on earth), and are often called the linchpin of the Antarctic. Krill may be small, but they are massively important. Grab a coffee and join us as we dive into the frosty waters of the Antarctic and explore just how and why these small crustaceans are so vital and the worrying challenges they are facing. We were blown away during our research by what we learnt about krill and of course concerned about the future of their populations. Timestamps 00:00:00 Intro & catchup 00:03:08 The world of krill 00:16:35 Threats & challenges facing krill 00:34:18 Possible solutions & positives 00:48:07 Wrap up As always, please do feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions, feedback, comments, or just want to say hi! The easiest way to get in touch is to ping us a message on Instagram: Steve - @a.bird.in.the.lens Matthew - @a.bug.in.the.lens Links: https://www.bas.ac.uk/about/antarctica/wildlife/krill/ https://www.discoverwildlife.com/animal-facts/insects-invertebrates/facts-about-krill https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/facts/krill https://www.seashepherdglobal.org/latest-news/antarctic-krill/ https://news.mongabay.com/2022/08/climate-change-and-overfishing-threaten-once-endless-antarctic-krill/ Study warns sharp decline in Antarctic krill by 2100 | Patagonia´s Magazine: Patagon Journal https://earthsky.org/earth/the-sad-fate-of-krill-in-the-southern-ocean/ https://www.seashepherdglobal.org/latest-news/ccamlr-decision/

  • The worrying decline of the magnificent albatross

    The worrying decline of the magnificent albatross

    With their mind-boggling wingspans and entrancing mating rituals, albatrosses are certainly birds with some charisma. However, facing a variety of pressures, these majestic birds are in decline, an issue that can be all too easily missed due to their remote oceanic lifestyle. So, grab a drink and join us for a chilled episode where we delve into the challenges facing these remarkable birds, featuring some different issues from the usual suspects. We of course also shine a light on the promising solutions and the organisations working hard to protect the world's magnificent albatrosses. Also in this episode, Matthew actually has some catch up and Steve finally gets his revenge on Matthew for making him guess the weight of a curlew way back in episode 2. Timestamps 00:00:00 Intro & catchup 00:04:50 All about albatrosses 00:22:20 Threats to albatross & their decline 00:29:43 Solutions & conservation 00:40:32 Wrap up Get in touch: As always, please do feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions, feedback, comments, or just want to say hi! The easiest way to get in touch is to ping us a message on Instagram: Steve - @a.bird.in.the.lens Matthew - @a.bug.in.the.lens Links: Albatross courtship dance - https://www.birdlife.org/birds/albatross/ https://www.rspb.org.uk/whats-happening/news/celebrating-albatrosses https://www.rspb.org.uk/helping-nature/so-many-ways/explore/defend-the-albatross https://www.treehugger.com/albatross-facts-5073421 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080306202531.htm https://www.bas.ac.uk/data/our-data/publication/albatross/

  • Our first guest: Sumatra with Josh Phangurha

    Our first guest: Sumatra with Josh Phangurha

    Zoologist, ecologist, wildlife photographer, and very well-travelled, we've mentioned Josh in a few previous episodes, it was about time we had him on! Not long back from 5 weeks in the jungles of Sumatra, we delve into his experience, covering the incredible species he saw, the challenges facing both wildlife and conservationists, some good signs of ecotourism, and what would be great to see going forward. And, in true Birdy Bug Pod fashion, we hear about some of the passionate and dedicated people working hard to protect Sumatra's truly invaluable habitats. From surreal encounters with orangutans and elephants to illegal orchid hunters and falling into a river whilst looking for a crocodilian, this episode really does have it all! We appreciate that it is quite a long episode (you can use the timestamps to hop about), but with his experiences and absolute wealth of knowledge, we could have easily chatted to Josh for another 3 hours. We had a fantastic time recording this episode, we really hope you enjoy it. Check out Josh's Instagram to put pictures to the stories: @phangurha_nature *Quick note: The Tapanuli Orangutan is the most endangered Great Ape, rather than the most endangered primate. Timestamps 00:00 Intro to Josh 00:11:05 Why Sumatra 00:18:48 Ecotourism & habituated orangutans 00:28:01 Deforestation & seeing Sumatran Elephants 00:37:23 Conservation challenges 00:40:04 Illegal orchid hunters 00:47:25 Conservation & more ecotourism 00:51:49 Positive conservation in Sumatra 00:56:04 Seeing wild orangutans 01:01:54 Other wildlife highlights 01:14:03 Losing both cameras 01:16:58 Camera chat 01:17:52 Josh's next trip 01:22:18 Josh's bucket list places & species 01:25:01 Closing Get in touch: Please do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, feedback, or just want to say hi! Ping us a message on Instagram: Steve - @a.bird.in.the.lens Matthew - @a.bug.in.the.lens Links: Learn about the passionate conservationist Pungky - Pungky Nanda Pratama - Sumatra Nature & Biodiversity Conservation (snbcf.org) Pungky's Instagram @pungkynandapratama Watch the orangutan grabbing a woman clip here.