Trees A Crowd

Mark Carwardine: "Don’t ever french-kiss a Narwhal”... and other words of wisdom

January 03, 2020 Season 2 Episode 1
Trees A Crowd
Mark Carwardine: "Don’t ever french-kiss a Narwhal”... and other words of wisdom
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Trees A Crowd
Mark Carwardine: "Don’t ever french-kiss a Narwhal”... and other words of wisdom
Jan 03, 2020 Season 2 Episode 1
David Oakes
Show Notes

Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, leading conservationist, broadcaster and photographer. He came to prominence through his book and BBC documentary series “Last Chance to See” which he created with Douglas Adams of “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” fame. One of Mark’s big passions is diving - he organises whale and dolphin trips in Baja California, Mexico. In this fascinating conversation dusted with the sounds of nearby Canada geese, coots and black-headed gulls, Mark describes his most moving experience, snorkeling with humpback whales, and admiring their five meter long flippers. He talks about his childhood, rescuing animals wherever he found them, and about creating his own mini zoo. He reminisces about an unforgettable moment from his youth; cramming his idols David Attenborough, David Bellamy, David Shepherd and Peter Scott into his old Hillman Imp, which catastrophically broke down on the way to the train station. From the green woodpecker that sits on his office window sill every day, to the narwhals in the high arctic that you absolutely ‘shouldn’t french kiss’, Mark describes the endless joy that nature brings him.

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