11 October 2019 | 17 mins 4 secs
Jules is joined by senior curator of birds at the Natural History Museum (based in Tring), the brilliant Dr Alex Bond. We talk about garden birds - how often they use ponds, what their water requirements are and how to keep visiting birds safe from cats. Alex is on Twitter at: @thelabandfield
3 October 2019 | 17 mins 40 secs
invasives, non-native, squirrels
Jules is joined by Hana Ayoob, science communicator, trainer and science-y curator legend. We talk about a grey squirrel that visited the pond, plus the perception of grey squirrels among the UK public. We also talk about another "invader" - the ring-necked parakeet. Hana's website is hanaayoob.co.uk and her Twitter is @hanaayoob.
26 September 2019 | 23 mins 39 secs
Professor James Logan of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine joins Jules to talk about mosquitoes, their life-cycle and their presence in the little pond. We also talk about the changing distributions of mosquitoes and the value that the British public can play in monitoring the spread of problem mosquito species, such as the Asian Tiger mosquito.
20 September 2019 | 25 mins 16 secs
Jules is joined by biologist and author Dr Dani Rabaiotti, based at the Institute of Zoology at the Zoological Society of London. As well as talking about the splendour of wild dogs, the two talk about the unbelievable number of cats that visit the tiny pond and the impacts they might be having on other pond wildlife.
15 September 2019 | 21 mins 56 secs
cats, disease, mice, mouse, parasites
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.
29 August 2019 | 24 mins 17 secs
festivals, green man, microscopes, rotifers
In this bonus episode, 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. The summer break continues until September - more scientists soon!
14 August 2019 | 32 mins 7 secs
festivals, frogs, genitalia, live, pond skaters, ponds, reproduction, sex
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.
31 July 2019 | 12 mins
It's the summer holidays so Jules is struggling to find a friendly scientist to interview! Thankfully two young people (bored offspring on their summer holidays) have stepped in to explore water fleas (Daphnia sp.) with the use of a microscope.
18 July 2019 | 16 mins 56 secs
beetles, ecology, freshwater, museums, ponds, rspb, science, zoology
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 freshwater 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
3 July 2019 | 27 mins 58 secs
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.
21 June 2019 | 22 mins 7 secs
communities, froglife, 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.
13 June 2019 | 16 mins 3 secs
adam hart, microscopy., tardigrade, waterbears
Professor Adam Hart joins Jules at Cheltenham Science Festival to talk about a lowly (and beautiful) 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