Digital talks Wild LIVE

Digital talks

Catch up with our free online talks with special guest speakers

Redwing by Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

We've taken our events online!

Each month we're joined by a different host to discuss all things wild - from local wildlife wonders to wider environmental issues - and we'd love for you to join us. Catch up on our past talks, below, or find our next live event.

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Wildlife quiz with Discover the Wild

No pub quiz? No problem! Join us for a fun-packed Zoom quiz with Dave Winnard from Discover the Wild. There are eight rounds to test your knowledge, so grab a pen, a drink and settle in with your household, bubble or virtual quiz team.

Wildlife wonders: Frogs and ponds

In this online event we were joined by our resident wildlife expert, Dr Mark Champion, to explore the secret life of frogs and what we can all do to give them a helping hand.

Exploring wildlife: A beginners guide to adventure with Rhiane Fatinikun

An inspiring discussion with Rhiane Fatinikun, Founder and Chair of Black Girls Hike UK, about inclusion and diversity in the outdoors, the joys of getting out into nature and some top tips for embarking on your first adventure.

Bog-tastic: Why (peat) bogs are brilliant and what we can do to protect them

We're joined by our very own Lancashire Peatlands Initiative team to discuss why our peatlands are so precious and what we can all do to protect them.

Winter wildlife: What to look out for?

In this online talk, wildlife expert and keen nature photographer Dave Winnard, from Discover the Wild, gives us some tips on what wildlife to keep an eye out for during winter.

Coastal conservation: Sand dune successes

Join Fylde Sand Dunes Project Community Engagement Officer, Jessica Newman, and Andrew Mills, the Fylde Council Sand Dune Ranger as they share the story of saving Fylde's sand dunes.

Wild LIVE from The Wildlife Trusts

Monthly digital discussions hosted by The Wildlife Trusts' Chief Executive, Craig Bennett

Peregrine falcon by Bertie Gregory/2020VISION

Each month Craig is joined by a panel of special guests to discuss some of the most important issues facing wildlife, the natural world and the environment right now, as well as answer your burning questions.

Missed a previous Wild LIVE discussion? Catch up below!

Wild LIVE: The return of bee-killing pesticides?

Following pressure from the sugar industry and National Farmers Union, the Government has agreed to authorise the use of neonicotinoid thiamethoxam for the treatment of sugar beet seed in 2021 – going back on promises not to reverse the ban unless scientific evidence supported it. Yet, the weight of evidence continues to show a significant environmental risk related to the use of neonicotinoids.

With the impact of climate change and extreme weather posing a real threat to farmers and their businesses, we need to find solutions that allow for agriculture that supports healthy wildlife. In this episode of Wild LIVE, Craig and the panel discuss whether we’re witnessing the start of a backwards slide and return to the old ways, rather than looking for new, innovative solutions.

Wild LIVE: So, where next for nature and British farming?

With the Agriculture Act now passed as law, and the UK hurtling towards the end of the Brexit transition period – with or without a trade deal with the EU – we ask where does this leave British farmers, and plans to promote nature-friendly farming post Brexit? Our expert panel delve into the knowns and unknowns, and discuss what’s needed now.

Wild LIVE: Planning to fail?

Panelists Rebecca Taylor, Roger Mortlock, Emma Greenwood, Wayne Hemingway and Simon Gallagher join Craig Bennett to discuss the Government's proposed planning reforms.

Wildlife is declining, and we know the current planning system isn't working, but we believe the proposed reforms will make a bad situation much worse. What can be done?

Wild LIVE: The badger cull

Craig is joined by expert panelists Chris Packham, Rosie Woodroffe, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust CEO Jo Smith, Dominic Dyer and Cheryl Marriott to discuss how the wildlife sector should engage with the bovine TB problem.

Wild LIVE: Taking action for insects

In the third episode of Wild LIVE, join our panel for a discussion on why our insects are so vital, the threats facing them, and the action everyone can take to help populations to recover and thrive.

Wild LIVE: A way back to living seas

Sadly, our seas are under pressure like never before, with decades of overexploitation, pollution and unchecked development causing a loss of wildlife and the destruction of underwater habitats. What’s worse is that we don’t even know what ‘healthy’ looks like!

Join Craig Bennett and a panel including BBC wildlife presenter Lizzie Daly to discuss our marvelous marine world and what needs to be done to save it.

Wild LIVE: A natural health service

Could resetting our relationship with nature help us lead healthier, happier lives? In this very first episode of Wild LIVE, join Craig Bennett and a panel including our Myplace project's Rhoda Wilkinson to discuss the need for a new relationship with nature.