13. Monday Mini Episode – New Discoveries in Conservation and Finding your Passion

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Welcome to Episode 13, this week’s Nurtured by Nature Monday Mini Episode, designed to be a little snippet of connection to kickstart your week.

In this weeks episode I discuss how I find hope in the amazing discoveries of species previously believed to have become extinct. Including the exciting discovery by volunteers from the Sussex Bat Group of a second Greater Mouse-Eared bat earlier this month, alongside the interesting story of the large tortoiseshell  butterfly extinct in the UK since the 1950s and in recent years having been found in both Dorset and Sussex and finally the amazing new and unknown population of critically endangered Kordofan giraffe found in Chad last year. I’m reminded of the incredible resilience of the natural world and take comfort from the fact these species have managed to hold on and with support could once again thrive.

I encourage you to find what you are passionate about – whether that is wild flowers, butterflies, birds, mammals or even worms and to find local organisations and charities that you can volunteer with to support them with citizen science and research surveys. Lastly I remind everyone in the UK to set aside an hour this weekend 27th – 29th January 2023 to count the birds for the RSPBs Big Garden Bird Watch.

Links to organisations and ideas discussed in this episode:

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch: 27th-29th January 2023

Greater Mouse-Eared bat:

Large Tortoiseshell butterfly:


New Population of Critically Endangered Kordofan giraffe:

Recommended Book: 
“Wilding – The return of nature to a British farm” by Isabella Tree

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