The Barefoot Beekeeper
Natural beekeeping is more about the bees than the honey. Phil Chandler, author of The Barefoot Beekeeper, talks about his low-tech, low-cost approach to beekeeping and interviews people whose work and research impacts the world of bees.
Dr Vandana Shiva and the fight against GM piracy

This is possibly the most important podcast I have recorded this year, not so much because of my part in it, but because most of it is a recording of a talk by Dr Vandana Shiva at a conference held at Dartington Hall on October 7th 2014.

Vandana is one of the leading lights in the fight against the corporations that are intent on patenting life in all its forms, and owning the entire food chain, worldwide, from seed to mouth.

If you think I am exaggerating this claim for dramatic effect, a recent survey by GMWATCH showed that Monsanto already own one quarter of the world seed market, and the top ten corporations - including Bayer, DuPont and Syngenta - between them own over two thirds of the worlds crop seeds.

There were other speakers at this event, but for this podcast I will include my own 10-minute talk, followed by Vandana Shiva.

I hope you enjoy it, and I hope Vandana inspires you to join the fight against the destruction of life as we know it by these criminal organizations posing as legitimate corporations.






Direct download: DartingtonGMO.mp3
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Alys Fowler

This is a chat with Alys Fowler with a contribution from Steve Benbow about her venture into beekeeping with a top bar hive, and the book they are writing together.


Direct download: AlysFowler_01.mp3
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A half-hour conversation with RSPB Council member Kevin Cox, discussing the dramatic decline in the populations of many birds in the UK, and what we could all do to improve the situation.



Direct download: KevinCox_Birds_and_bees.mp3
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Dawn Chorus

I woke up early, just as the birds were starting to sing, so I opened a window and switched on my recorder. 



Direct download: DawnChorus_with_cows.mp3
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The Buzz Tour - Interview with Eve Carnall

Eve Carnall is about to set off on a four month journey, across the length and breadth of England. In this interview, she talks about her science background, her work at the Environment Agency and the motivations for her journey.

To find out more visit her blog -

Twitter - @buzztour

email -

divestment -

Direct download: Eve_Carnell.mp3
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Recorded about 4am, so please excuse me if I sound a little sleepy...

I talk about the weekend course just completed at Brinscall Hall, Lancashire, and the other things happening there this year, including the Friends of the Bees Northern Gathering in August. See for training and for events.

Then follows a bit of a rant about AI queens; the evils of packages, and the inflated prices charged by bee breeders.


Direct download: Brinscall_April14.mp3
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Steve Benbow and the London Honey Company

Alys Fowler is writing another book, this time with London beekeeper Steve Benbow. It will be full of great gardening tips, focusing on how to plant for pollinators - especially bees.

Steve talks about the book and his plans for siting top bar hives at the Tate Gallery.

This is where to find out more about the book -





Direct download: SteveBenbowMar14.mp3
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This episode features a short 'catch-up' interview with Brigit Strawbridge; discussion of hive insulation, the eco-floor and the periscope entrance; and a session I call 'live at the hive', recorded at my 'Perone-style' apiary near Buckfastleigh.


Direct download: podcast_26Feb2014.mp3
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Those of us in the northern hemisphere are missing the sounds of our bees, so here is a recording I made in Spring 2011, followed by a complete recording of The Bee Song, written for this podcast by Lara Conley.

You can find more of Lara's music here 

This is a video I shot of her the first time I met her in Totnes -

Direct download: Last-2013-podcast.mp3
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Part 2 of my Findhorn series (there may be a Part 3 as well) is a conversation with long-term Findhorn resident and self-declared 'feral elder', Craig Gibsone. 

We cover a lot of territory in this interview, including bees, permaculture, war and peace, life and death. And the 250-year flood that may wipe Findhorn off the map...

Direct download: Craig_Gibsone_Findhorn.mp3
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