Join us to find out how bees and beavers play a crucial role in increasing biodiversity.  A fascinating conversation with Derek Gow, the ‘human wrecking ball’ of beaver conservation and Jennifer Moore, a wayward beekeeper who views life through the bees’ eyes!

(Photo credit: David Chapman)


Our guests:


Derek Gow is a farmer and nature conservationist. Born in Dundee in 1965, he left school when he was 17 and worked in agriculture for five years. Inspired by the writing of Gerald Durrell, all of whose books he has read – thoroughly – he jumped at the chance to manage a European wildlife park in central Scotland in the late 1990s before moving on to develop two nature centres in England. He now lives with his children, Maysie and Kyle, on a 300-acre farm on the Devon/Cornwall border which he is in the process of rewilding. Derek has played a significant role in the reintroduction of the Eurasian beaver, the water vole and the white stork in England. He is currently working on a reintroduction project for the wildcat.

For more, visit Derek’s website here


Jennifer Moore has a background in agriculture, natural history, ecology and education and has been keeping bees and chickens in rural East Sussex since 2009.  she runs a small business – Wayward Bee – based around sustainable beekeeping from her farm cottage.

Jennifer is also a keen artist, photographer, writer and gardener, and her bee hives and hens have featured in a number of magazines and promotional articles.

For more, visit the Wayward Bee website here