It was thick rainforest, humming with life, but to reach it we had to walk through what I can only describe as an open wound.
Searching for salamanders is like playing biology bingo- overturning rocks and wet logs you could find a dangerously bright millipede, a waxy, white grub as big as your thumb or- if you get lucky- a small, endangered salamander.
An interview with Roberto Pedraza Ruiz who has deep roots in the ancient forests of Mexico, about why it is so important to protect this habitat.
As far as habitats go, bogs and swamps do not receive the same amount of attention as tropical rainforests or coral reefs. However, they are just as important for people and wildlife, and as the world has lost more than half of its wetlands in the past century, they face the same risk of extinction.
Does this track have a dewclaw, or is that just a bump in the sand? Is that the sound of a car being locked, or the call of the crimson breasted shrike?
The ten species with the sharpest observed population declines in the last 25 years, and although some you may never have seen before, others may surprise you. If action to stop these declines isn’t taken soon, we may lose wildlife wonders such as starling murmurations and the haunting cuckoo call.
Nina Seale interviews Packham about his views on pandas, the badger cull and his aspirations for conservation.
Slowly a wrinkled, slimy creature began to unfold itself from its spiral home, gradually morphing into a familiar shape as its delicate eye stalks extended towards me and it slides forward, leaving a shining trail behind.
The idea that we should invest millions of pounds of research funds into bringing back animals we have never seen before when there are so many animals that the majority of us have never seen in the flesh, let alone those that have not yet been discovered, is ludicrous.
“I would eat the last panda if I could have all the money we have spent on panda conservation put back on the table for me to do more sensible things with.” These are the controversial words of naturalist Chris Packham.