The Wild Cornwall Podcast


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The Wild Cornwall Podcast

Welcome to The Wild Cornwall Podcast

Close your eyes and embark on an audio adventure as you travel from the rugged cliffs of Cornwall’s coastline to deep wooded valleys and everywhere in-between. You’ll uncover what makes our wildlife and wild places so unique, get behind-the-scenes access to our projects and meet the Trust’s experts and special guests who are helping nature to thrive in Cornwall once again.

Hosted by Tom Carson and Lucy Luck.

Season 1

Episode #6: Rewilding Cornwall's seas: Matt Slater talks about marine conservation

Matt Slater tells Tom about the joys and sorrows of marine conservation, and looks forward to National Marine Week. Tom and Lucy reflect on the work of the Your Shore Project, engaging young people with wildlife and marine activities. 

Find out about National Marine Week

Discover a local Your Shore Marine Group

Become a member.

Episode #5: Cornwall Beaver Project

Tom interviews Tom Shelley, Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Manager, about beavers, the amazing ‘eco-engineers’.

Find out more about beaver walks at Woodland Valley Farm:

Donate to our urgent land appeal.

Become a member.



Episode #4: Helman Tor and Rewilding

Callum Deveney, Head of Nature Reserves, tells Tom all about rewilding, rare species and why Cornwall Wildlife Trust are so excited about a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy more land at Helman Tor. 

In this episode Lucy and Tom also reflect on the wonderful things to look out for as the summer arrives with June. They discuss 30 Days Wild and the exciting prospect of seeing beavers.

Donate to our urgent land appeal.

Sign up to 30 Days Wild nature challenge.

Go on a beaver walk.

Become a member.

Episode blog.

Episode #3: Wild Wellbeing and Foraging

May is the month in which the dawn chorus really reaches a crescendo! It's also a time during which many of us think about our own and others' wellbeing, especially during Mental Health Awareness Week. In this episode, we consider how spending time outdoors can boost our mental wellbeing and Tom talks to Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Nature Wellbeing Coordinator, Eve Tucker, all about foraging. We’ll also be discussing how you can discover the joys of nature and its wellbeing benefits – everything from exercising outdoors to walking barefoot on the grass.

Sign up to 30 Days Wild nature challenge:

Special episode: Restoring 30% of Cornwall’s land and seas by 2030 – is it possible?

On 26 April we brought together five speakers at Heartlands in Pool, Redruth to discuss the important question: ‘Restoring 30% of Cornwall’s land and sea for nature by 2030: is it really possible?’

Episode #2: Peatlands and peat-free gardening

From Cornish valley marshes to bogs on Bodmin Moor, our peatlands are havens for wildlife and key in the fight against climate change. We speak to Upstream Thinking Ecologist Liz about these precious places and how you can go ‘peat free’ at home. Tom and Lucy also head to Pendarves Wood near Camborne to discuss what you might expect to see in nature, both on land and at sea, during April.

Learn more about Cornwall’s peatlands and pledge to go peat free:

Episode #1: Hawkes Wood, a hidden haven for wildlife

Take a trip to the Trust’s first nature reserve, Hawkes Wood, in the first episode of a brand new series to mark our 60th anniversary. At this enchanting old oak woodland, Tom speaks to volunteer warden Brian Wright to ask the question – what makes Hawkes Wood such a special place? We also uncover the wonderful wildlife to look out for in March as spring bounds into action!