Nature's a Hoot
By Hawk Conservancy Trust
This is the wildlife podcast brought to you by the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Each episode we’ll talk about all things 'nature' - from beetles and butterflies to badgers, bats and barns owls! Learn more about vital conservation projects, and pick up some helpful tips on what we can all do to help the wildlife we find in our back gardens and beyond.
From Bumblebees to Chocolate Chip Starfish with Dawood Qureshi
Join Hannah and Tom as they welcome journalist, marine biologist and wildlife filmmaker, Dawood Qureshi to hear all about their love of wildlife. From Ospreys to Dinosaurs, Bumblebees to Chocolate Chip Starfish, Dawood will share their passion for storytelling as a way to raise awareness for nature and what it’s like working for the BBC Natural History Unit.
May 01, 2022
Migration and tracking the Egyptian Vulture
Join Hannah and Tom as they travel the globe from behind their microphones to take a closer look at migration! Whether it's popping cross-country for a better chance of a good meal or making an epic journey to meet with the perfect partner, migration is part of life for much of the natural world. Take a closer look at the endangered Egyptian Vulture and how our work at the Hawk Conservancy Trust is helping us learn more about how to protect this incredible species in Asia. Plus our 'Matter of Fact Challenge' returns!
March 01, 2022
Barn Owls in California
Hannah and Tom are back with a new series of Nature’ a Hoot for 2022. Join them both as they prepare for the new year ahead of them. They’re also joined by Jaime Carlino, a graduate student on the Humbolt State University’s Barn Owl Research Team and the winner of the Trust’s 2021 Marion Paviour award. Jaime discuses how her work studying Barn Owl nest box choices is helping us understand the species’ success when it comes to breeding.
January 01, 2022
Job Swap with Hannah and Tom
Can you believe it's been a full year since we launched our wildlife podcast, Nature's a Hoot? To close our second season, in this month's episode, Tom and Hannah spend a day in one another's shoes. Hannah joins the Bird Team while Tom tries his hand at Conservation and Research - what could possibly go wrong? Listen in as Tom shares some big news in light of a recent eco-anxiety article (written by previous guest - Sophie Pavelle) and we reveal the winner of last month's Matter of Fact Challenge.
September 01, 2021
Raptor Senses with Simon Potier
How does a bird of prey see, hear, smell and taste the world? Is being told you have 'eyes like a hawk' a compliment? How do we measure all these factors? Find out in this month's episode as Hannah and Tom discover the mysteries of raptor senses. Our Matter of Fact Challenge returns with this month's challenge - best animal teamwork.
August 01, 2021
Writing for Nature with Megan McCubbin
Catch up with Hannah and Tom as they delve into more wildlife topics and chat to Megan McCubbin about what it was like to write a book alongside Chris Packham and then publish it during a global pandemic. The Matter of Fact Challenge returns for another month - this time Hannah and Tom pick the most impressive plant.
July 01, 2021
The life of a Springwatch presenter with Megan McCubbin
Hannah and Tom are joined by naturalist, wildlife author and Springwatch presenter, Megan McCubbin, as she discusses her work with animals and what it's like to talk about wildlife live on the BBC - even when it doesn't show up on time. Listen out for this month's Top Tip and our regular feature - the Matter of Fact Challenge. This month it's 'Most beautiful insect.'
June 01, 2021
British Falcons featuring Dr Georgia Jones
On this month’s Nature’s a Hoot, Tom and Hannah delve into the world of British Falcons, from Peregrine Falcons to Hobbies, we explore these epic predators, the many threats they face, and how wonderfully adaptable and diverse they are. We have a brilliant chat with our Marion Paviour award winner from 2020, Conservation Ecologist Dr Georgia Jones, about her fascinating research into Kestrel diets, and of course, we present our entries for Bravest Animal in the Matter of Fact Challenge, who will be your winner?
May 01, 2021
Weird, sexy, hilarious nature with Sophie Pavelle
We're joined by zoologist and science communicator, Sophie Pavelle, for a chat about, long walks, beavers, water boatmen and how laughter can help to inspire us into loving the natural world. Our new feature, the Matter of Fact Challenge, returns as Hannah and Tom go head-to-head to decide on the animal kingdom's best parent.
April 01, 2021
Getting nerdy about nature with Lucy Lapwing
We introduce a new feature to Nature's a Hoot - the Matter of Fact Challenge and we're joined by Lucy Hodson AKA Lucy Lapwing to talk about her love of wildlife and finding ways to communicate the tricky science in the most accessible way possible - including her new Youtube series of birdsong lessons!
March 01, 2021
Special Episode - What's your favourite thing about nature?
With another national lockdown in place, we realise again how vital nature is to making us feel better and so in this special episode we ask the question 'What is your favourite thing about nature?'. Listeners send in their best bits about wildlife and we get inspired by all the answers!
February 01, 2021
Conservation and communities with Kevin Cumming
Episode 6 of Nature’s a Hoot is all about involving local communities in conservation initiative. Hannah interviews our special guest, Kevin Cumming, from the Langholm Initiative, about the successful community buyout of 5200 acres of the Buccleuch Estate in Scotland. Hannah and Tom chat about why involving the local community is important in conservation, both in developing and developed countries.
January 01, 2021
Rewilding with Tabitha Rose
Join Hannah and Tom as they discuss the research and dedication that goes into rewilding projects and the benefits they can have on habitats and the ecosystems that rely on them. Tom heads to the Cotswolds to meet Tabitha Rose – a landowner who has decided to turn her 70 acres of farmland and woodland into a haven for wildlife.
December 01, 2020
Wildlife and well-being with Dr Kayleigh Wyles
It’s easy to feel a bit down in winter as the nights draw in, with shorter days and less time to get outdoors. We discuss the importance of spending time in nature, even in the winter! Hannah also chats to our guest, Dr Kayleigh Wyles, an environmental psychologist from Surrey University, about her work with citizen science and nature connection, and an exciting study we’ve been working on together at the Trust exploring the impact wildlife can have on our well-being.
November 01, 2020
The future of nature with Indy Greene
We give our reaction to the recently televised Extinction: The Facts programme, pondering the state of our natural world, and talk to up-and-coming conservationist and broadcaster, Indy Greene about his experiences as a young wildlife enthusiast.
October 01, 2020
Join Hannah and Tom as they talk all about some of the most elusive creatures to call our British fields and woodlands home - the owls. Plus find out more about the work the Hawk Conservancy Trust does to support them in the wild. We’ll also be chatting about the successful reintroduction of a mammal to the River Otter in Devon which hasn’t be resident in England for 400 years!
September 01, 2020
Inspired by the Wild
Meet the hosts of Nature's a Hoot, Hannah and Tom, in this - the very first episode! Join us as we talk about what inspires us, how Covid-19 might have impacted wildlife across the world and our very first top tip for helping nature to thrive where you live.
August 01, 2020
Nature's a Hoot Trailer
Get a taste for what ‘Nature’s a Hoot’ is all about.
July 01, 2020