Spider Talk: UK Podcast gives insects a voice

Have you ever wondered if the spider crawling across your ceiling could speak to you, well what it would say? A popular podcast Messages from the Wild can answer that.

Created and produced by Annabel Ross, a former BBC Radio producer now nutritional therapist, the idea for the show developed as she wanted to find a way to combine her knowledge on human health with her years of radio production experience. Annabel explains.

"I went to Devon to interview 'Dr Compost' about soil health for a show called 'The Earthworm'. We discussed composting for half and hour, I then wondered if there was a better way of entertaining the podcast listeners, whilst also educating them about animals. Dr Compost agreed to become the character of an earthworm for me and the idea for Messages from the Wild grew from there."

As The Earthworm radio show became increasingly popular, Annabel discovered a unique way of connecting insects and animals with her listeners.

"I realised people were laughing and learning at the same time, and many were surprised, for example, that earthworms have five hearts and no lungs and that they are vital for a healthy soil".

See, we didn't know that.

Photo courtesy of A Little Sprog

Soon many other animals “interviewing” other animal which are voiced by experts in their field. Her collection of over 30 animals range from the barn owl, dormouse, otter, seagull, hedgehog, to the buzzard, ladybird, and dung beetle. Insects especially are visible but often invisible to us human, they play a vital role in maintaining the natural balance of our planet's fauna and flora, providing vital role to the ecosystem of food and nourishment for us, but often invisible to humans. As Annabel concludes.

"It’s so important for us to gain a closer relationship to all the animals we live with. They are the ones who are holding this crumbling planet together. They work so hard every day, all day, to keep it alive. Sometimes it seems we are doing the opposite so instead of working against them we need to work with them but that means getting to know them first, understanding the world from their perspective".

Messages from the Wild Podcast is available to listen on Podbean