Pond Playlist

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

20 episodes of Pond Playlist since the first episode, which aired on 30 March 2019.

  • Episode 19: Episode 19: Hog lice, freshwater shrimp (and a cheeky hydra)

    26 October 2019  |  32 mins 18 secs
    crustaceans, ecology, freshwater, museums, nematodes, ponds, science, zoology

    For our final episode, Jules is joined by the fantastic Miranda Lowe, Principal Curator of Crustacea at Natural History Museum, London. We talk about freshwater hog lice and water shrimps and how cool crustaceans are! Miranda talks about why crustaceans are so good at colonising new places and why they are worthy of our attention. At the end, Jules gives a fond farewell and a massive lengthy THANK YOU! to every scientist that has given their time for the show.

  • Episode 18: Episode 18: Garden birds

    11 October 2019  |  17 mins 4 secs
    birds, cats

    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

  • Episode 17: Grey squirrel

    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.

  • Episode 16: Episode 16 - Mosquitoe larvae

    26 September 2019  |  23 mins 39 secs
    larvae, mosquitoes

    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.

  • Episode 15: Cats

    20 September 2019  |  25 mins 16 secs
    cats, predators

    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.

  • Episode 14: Field mouse

    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.

  • Episode 13: Episode 13: Microscopic magic interlude!

    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!

  • Episode 12: BONUS! Pond sex interlude!

    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.

  • Episode 11: Water fleas

    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.

  • Episode 10: Duckweed Weevil

    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

  • Episode 9: Honeybees

    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.

  • Episode 8: Frogs

    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.