Podcasts to listen to on a park bench

Listen to Urban Nature Podcasts Outdoors Wild. Here.

My friend and I were talking about the brilliance of podcasts and how they can liven up a walk to work or make a bus commute feel much shorter.  My partner and I listen to "books on tapes" - you know... that old version of podcasts :  )  on long road trips.  And it got me thinking, if there are podcast lovers out there - maybe it would be an easy thing to get your dose of nature by listening to your podcast outside?

Especially with these long warm evenings that our summer offers!
Bonus points if it is under a few trees (both the scenery and scent boost moods!
Extra bonus points if it near a water body (maybe a dock?
Especially if that water body is a waterfall (remember - negative ions?)!!
Relaxing in Nature your Vitamin N Wild. Here.

Obviously it can be any type of podcast - which ever ones are your favourite.  There is even a great list of Ottawa podcasts here collected by JP Davidson of Pop-Up Podcasting which includes the podcast "Small Machine Talks" create by a.m. kozak (from the Rout/e footpress & CSArt Poetry Event) and Amanda Earl.

But just in case you are are looking for same urban nature themed podcasts here are a few recommendations:

Urban Nature Podcasts to Listen to

Interviews & Discussions (one-offs):

99% Invisible's interview with Nathanael Johnson, author of "Unseen City"

Root Simple podcast talking to Lyanda Lynn Haupt about urban wildlife

WBEZ 91.5 Chicago Morning Shift's discussion with Seth Magle from the Urban Wildlife Institute

For the Wild's chat with Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of "The Call of the Forest"

Or if you want to be inspired by some music and photos - listen to the "Urban Nature Motion Soundscape" music episode that inspired Nex Millen's Urban Nature photography exhibit (2012) and scroll through his shots at the same time!  (Nex Millen: Asheville/Philadelphia)

Top Four Nature Wildlife Podcasts

Specific Podcasts on Wildlife and Urban Nature:

Darwin's Dolls (U.K.) - 14 episodes so far (link to episodes)

Urban Wildlife podcast (link to episodes) Season Two is currently playing!

In Defense of Plants (link to episodes)  (Some that I have bookmarked: 80 - lichens, 78 - bees, 67 - moss, 55 - Ferns, 51 - cemetery prairies, 48 - coffee ecology, 36 - lawns, 14 - urban ecology and native plants)

Nature's Past - 55 episodes so far (link to episodes)
(Check out these episodes: Stanley Park (39) Wildlife (11) Hamilton Waterfront (4) Don River (1) and others!)

This is the Nature of Cities podcast (link to episodes) 2015 - 2016

The Wild Life - 28 episodes (link to episodes) 2015

Discover Wildlife (U.K.) (link to episodes) 2010 - 2014

So here's to the warmer weather, opportunities to be outdoors and the pleasure of a lazy late spring's evening out in your favourite park with your top podcast!

Get Outdoors Do What You Love

What's your favourite podcast?

Do you listen while going for a walk or take a podcast break on a park bench?


  1. Check out this one from BBC: Dawn Chorus

    Dawn Chorus

    Pop star and bird lover Will Young joins Brett Westwood and a gang of unexpected bird lovers as Radio 4 throws an all-nighter in search of the Dawn Chorus. Going on air just after midnight and staying up till 7am Brett will host a night of conversation, story-telling, argument and explanation culminating in the live broadcast of the Dawn Chorus from Ham Wall Nature reserve in Somerset.

    Other guests include, Jimi Goodwin, lead singer of Doves; Birds Brittania author Mark Cocker, Bird acoustics expert Dr. Jenny York, Natural Navigator Tristan Gooley and Singer Hanna Tuulikki.


  2. And there is this one from WAMC:

    Menno Schilthuizen is one of a growing number of “urban ecologists” studying how our manmade environments are accelerating and changing the evolution of the animals and plants around us.

    In his new book, "Darwin Comes to Town," he takes us around the world for an up-close look at just how stunningly flexible and swift-moving natural selection can be.

    Menno Schilthuizen is a senior research scientist at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands and professor of evolutionary biology at Leiden University.


  3. Just found a new one: https://www.ducks.ca/podcast/