Swanscombe Marshes is an extraordinary mosaic brownfield site just by the Thames which is under threat from developers who want to build a Disney-style theme park – the London Resort. With Buglife’s Jamie Robins and author Julian Hoffman this episode explains why we need to save it.

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Photo:  Distinguished Jumping Spider © Roman Willi

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Jamie Robins is Project Manager at Buglife, the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates. We’re actively working to save Britain’s rarest little animals, everything from bees to beetles, worms to woodlice and jumping spiders to jellyfish.

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Julian Hoffman (c) Jon Webber

Julian Hoffman is the is a writer living beside the Prespa Lakes in northern Greece. He is the author of Irreplaceable and The Small Heart of Things, and Notes from Near and Far is his blog on the nature of place.  Irreplaceable: The Fight to Save Our Wild Places, was published by Hamish Hamilton in the UK in 2019 and by UGA Press in the United States in 2020. Irreplaceable celebrates those imperilled places that are increasingly vanishing from the world, exploring treasured coral reefs, tallgrass prairies, ancient woodlands, urban allotments and meadows, along with the many species under threat in them, whether they be nightingales, elephant seals, water voles, redwoods, hornbills or lynxes. Just as importantly, though, it’s a book about resistance to loss, taking its shape from the countless stories of local communities and conservationists as they set about to protect and preserve what is not only of crucial importance to the fabric of human life but irreplaceable as well. Irreplaceable was the Highly Commended Finalist for the 2020 Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation.

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