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Episode 2

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18th Mar 2020

Svalbard - Expedition Cruising in the High Arctic with Wildlife Photographer - Andy Rouse

Podcast guide Dr. Steve Banner chats with professional wildlife photographer, Andy Rouse. With 20 years of experience of travelling to Svalbard in the high Arctic Andy has an incredible sense for the importance of this archipelago, not just for the wildlife but for our own connection with nature.

We talk about the well-being that this incredible frontier offers, about polar bears of course, but also about the other wildlife including walrus and the incredible birds found breeding here during the short Arctic summer. Landscapes feature too as this is a land of mountains, glaciers, rock, ice and frozen ocean all lit by the incredible light that lasts for days on end during the summer months when the sun does not set.

Andy recalls memorable of polar bear encounters and their effect on clients. We talk climate change and as well as receding glaciers, Andy has seen a change in the number of polar bears you might expect to see. However, with the best team of Arctic guides for cruises around these islands there are still plenty of opportunities for good polar bear encounters.

We also talk about some of special locations such as Austfonna. Perhaps surprisingly Andy also discusses the change in people that travel to Svalbard, often purely going to satisfy their desire to see polar bears but coming back from a wildlife expedition cruise as a different person for being re-connected with nature.

Of course, we also talk about photography and what’s required to get great images from a small ship Arctic cruise where large icebreakers are not the best way to travel. It is often a location where long lenses are not needed, even for polar bears, as you can meet them eye-to-eye from zodiac excursions from the main ship.

Andy also describes his forthcoming Arctic expedition cruise in 2021 when we again will be sailing with M/S Quest with his favoured team of guides and photographic assistants plus just 46 guests.

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Wildlife & Wilderness Travel & Safaris
Everything travel in the natural world
This show's for everyone interested in wildlife travel, safaris, eco-tourism and adventures in the wild world. I'm Dr. Steve Banner, your guide through these podcasts and a biologist who has almost 25 years experience as Director of">Wildlife & Wilderness; a specialist tour operator that designs tailor made travel and expert-led tours.

With this 'insider' knowledge and strong associations with experts all over the world, these podcasts will be mixing interviews, monthly roundups and ambient sound field recordings. The wildlife sightings and happenings will come direct from our travel partners that reside in just some of the natural world's special destinations. The field recordings, sometimes in the form of microcasts, will transport you out to some incredible places on our planet. At times we'll be out on location too as we research holidays.

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Hi, I'm a biologist with a life-long interest in nature and the natural world. I've also adventured around the world and am a volunteer with a Mountain Rescue team in the UK. Through my travel company, Wildlife & Wilderness, I have contact with many tourism professionals, experts around the world, that help us design great tailor made holidays and expert-led tours. Some of these fascinating people will feature throughout these podcasts.