Revisiting the subjects of the first three Wild Episodes!
Just how common is the huge, ridiculously long-lived Greenland Shark (Episode One)? New research has the beginnings of an answer.
The Lord Howe Island Stick Insect (Episode Two) can’t go home until someone gets rid of the rats that invaded it. Those rats are still there, but elsewhere there’s big, big news in the world of rat eradication from islands …
And finally, just how badly did I mislead you in the corn crake episode (Episode Three)? Not too badly, but it turns out the truth about Scotland’s corn crakes is not as cheerful as I suggested.
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Want the details on the Greenland Shark study that revealed just how many of these huge predators are hanging around in parts of the Canadian Arctic? Here you go:
Devine, Wheeland and Fisher, First estimates of Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) local abundances in Arctic waters, Scientific Reports volume 8, Article number: 974 (2018)
As far as the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect bit is concerned, want the official announcement of South Georgia’s happily rat-free status, with some of the background? Here you go:
South Georgia Heritage Trust: South Georgia Declared Rodent-Free!
and, as a bonus, here’s a very cool photo diary of the expedition to verify that all the rats and mice were gone: Matthew Phillips Photography: Rat Hunt!
And Scotland’s poor old Corn Crakes.
Here’s a BBC News Report on the subject of the bird’s population declines. There’s more detail out there, if you want to Google it, but honestly it’s all a bit depressing …
And talking of depressing, here’s a Guardian report on the staggering German research into the collapse of insect populations in Europe. If that doesn’t worry you just a little bit, I suspect you might be listening to the wrong podcast …