Wildlife Documentary

The Wildlife

A Monthly Web Series by Kevin Robinson

The Wildlife is a documentary web series—created and hosted by Kevin Robinson—about the animals we share our planet with. Each monthly episode delves into the evolution, history, morphology, conservation, management, and conflict(s) with humans of a singular species, exploring how that animal fits into the global ecosystem on Earth. Discussions focus on challenges they face in the wild and how humans are impacting their survivability, as well as the features that makes each species unique. Every episode is backed up by peer-reviewed research from original sources—which is all shared with the viewing audience—and comes with additional reading material for those hungry to learn more, suggested viewing for those who can’t get enough, and ways to get involved and support conservation and research efforts for those who want to lend support to a particular species. Join in on this journey through the global ecosystem! Become a supporter on Patreon today and select from one of six reward tiers with unique gifts and merchandise—fulfilled by Patreon—and to vote on which species are discussed in each monthly episode.


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Episode 001

1References Cited
  1. Woodroffe, R. & Sillero-Zubiri, C. Lycaon pictus. 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012.RLTS.T12436A16711116.en. Accessed 2019-12-25.
  2. Wang, Xiaoming & Tedford, Richard H. Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives & Evolutionary History. First ed., Columbia University Press, 2008.
  3. Terborgh, John & Estes, James A. Trophic Cascades: Predators, Prey, and the Changing Dynamics of Nature. First ed., Island Press, 2010.
  4. Wikipedia Authors. African Wild Dog. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_wild_dog. Accessed 2019-12-25.
2Further Reading
  1. Woodroffe, Rosie and Donnelly, Christl A. "Risk of contact between endangered African wild dogs Lycaon pictus and domestic dogs: opportunities for pathogen transmission." Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 48, no. 6, 2011, pp. 1345–1354. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/41318969
  2. Yong, Ed. "What Wildlife Shows Don't Tell You About African Wild Dogs." National Geographic, 29 March 2016, https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/phenomena/2016/03/29/what-wildlife-shows-dont-tell-you-about-african-wild-dogs/
  3. Robbins, Robert L. "Vocal Communication in Free-Ranging African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus)." Behaviour, vol. 137, no. 10, 2000, pp. 1271-1298. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/4535774
  4. McNutt, J. Weldon and Silk, Joan B. "Pup production, sex ratios, and survivorship in African wild dogs, Lycaon pictus." Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 62, no. 7, 2007, pp. 1061–1067. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/40295128
  5. Burrows, Roger; Hofer, Heribert and East, Marion L. "Population Dynamics, Intervention and Survival in African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus)." Proceedings: Biological Sciences, vol. 262, no. 1364, 1995, pp. 235-245. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/50222
  6. "Leaders of the Pack: Facts About African Wild Dogs." National Geographic, 26 March 2019, https://www.nationalgeographic.com/expeditions/get-inspired/inside-look/10-facts-about-african-wild-dogs-cape-hunting-dogs/
  7. Creel, Scott and Nancy Marusha Creel. “Limitation of African Wild Dogs by Competition with Larger Carnivores.” Conservation Biology, vol. 10, no. 2, 1996, pp. 526–538. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/2386867
  8. Carbone, C.; Du Toit, J.T. and Gordon, I.J. "Feeding Success in African Wild Dogs: Does Kleptoparasitism by Spotted Hyenas Influence Hunting Group Size?." Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 66, no. 3, 1997, pp. 318–326. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/5978
  9. Vucetich, John A. and Creel, Scott. "Ecological Interactions, Social Organization, and Extinction Risk in African Wild Dogs." Conservation Biology, vol. 13, no. 5, 1999, pp. 1172–1182. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/2641750
  10. Ford, Adam T.; Goheen, Jacob R.; Augustine, David J.; Kinnaird, Margaret F.; O'Brien, Timothy G.; Palmer, Todd M.; Pringle, Robert M. and Woodroffe, Rosie. "Recovery of African wild dogs suppresses prey but does not trigger a trophic cascade." Ecology, vol. 96, no. 10, 2015, pp. 2705–2714. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/24702388
3Suggested Viewing
  1. Silverback Films, BBC Natural History Unit. The Hunt, BBC, 2015. (Available on NETFLIX!)
  2. National Geographic. Photo Ark. 2018. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/a/african-wild-dog/.

Episode 002

1References Cited
  1. Woinarski, J. & Burbidge, A.A. Phascolarctos cinereus. 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T16892A21960344.en. Accessed 17 February 2020.
  2. Degabriele, Robert. "The Physiology of the Koala." Scientific American, vol. 243, no. 1, 1980, pp. 110–117. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/24966372
  3. Kenyon, Georgina. "Climate change and disease threaten Australian icon." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 8, no. 1, 2010, pp. 7. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/20696397
  4. Seabrook, Leonie; McAlpine, Clive; Rhodes, Jonathan; Baxter, Greg; Bradley, Adrian; & Lunney, Daniel. "Determining range edges: habitat quality, climate or climate extremes?." Diversity and Distributions, vol. 20, no. 1, 2013, pp. 95–106. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/24032662
  5. Philippe, Isabelle. "A look at koalas in Australian culture amid the fires that are devastating their population." ABC News, 12 January 2020, https://abcnews.go.com/International/koalas-australian-culture-amid-fires-devastating-population/story?id=68195336. Accessed 15 March 2020.
  6. Zhou, Naaman. "Australia's environment minister says up to 30% of koalas killed in NSW mid-north coast fires." The Guardian, 26 December 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/27/australias-environment-minister-says-up-to-30-of-koalas-killed-in-nsw-mid-north-coast-fires. Accessed 15 March 2020.
  7. Calma, Justine. "What you need to know about the Australia bushfires." The Verge, 3 January 2020, https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/3/21048891/australia-wildfires-koalas-climate-change-bushfires-deaths-animals-damage. Accessed 15 March 2020.
  8. Wikipedia Authors. Indian Ocean Dipole. 26 January 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Ocean_Dipole. Accessed 15 March 2020.
  9. McCallum, Hamish and Dobson, Andy. "Disease, habitat fragmentation and conservation." Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences, vol. 269, no. 1504, 2002, pp. 2041–2049. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/3558830
  10. Wikipedia Authors. Chlamydia psittaci. 15 February 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlamydia_psittaci. Accessed 15 March 2020.
  11. Langley, Liz. "As Koalas Suffer From Chlamydia, A New Clue For Treatment." National Geographic, 14 April 2018, https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2018/04/animals-disease-health-koalas-australia/. Accessed 29 March 2020.
  12. Ellis, William A. H. and Bercovitch, Fred B. "Body size and sexual selection in the koala." Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 65, no. 6, 2011, pp. 1229-1235. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/41414581
2Further Reading
  1. Pournelle, George H. "Notes on Reproduction of the Koala." Journal of Mammalogy, vol. 42, no. 3, 1961, pp. 396. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/1377039
  2. Augustine, David J. "Modelling Chlamydia-Koala Interactions: Coexistence, Population Dynamics andConservation Implications." Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 35, no. 2, 1998, pp. 261–272. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/2405125
  3. Melzer, Alistair; Carrick, Frank; Menkhorst, Peter; Lunney, Daniel; and St. John, Barbara. "Overview, Critical Assessment, and Conservation Implications of Koala Distribution and Abundance." Conservation Biology, vol. 14, no. 3, 2000, pp. 619–628. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/2641420
  4. Penn, Angela M.; Sherwin, William B.; Gordon, Greg; Lunney, Daniel; Melzer, Alistair; and Lacy, Robert C. "Demographic Forecasting in Koala Conservation." Conservation Biology, vol. 14, no. 3, 2000, pp. 629–638. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/2641421
  5. Phillips, Stephen S. "Population Trends and the Koala Conservation Debate." Conservation Biology, vol. 14, no. 3, 2000, pp. 650–659. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/2641423
  6. Clark, Tim W.; Mazur, Nicole; Cork, Steven J.; Dovers, Steve; and Harding, Ronnie. "Koala Conservation Policy Process: Appraisal and Recommendations." Conservation Biology, vol. 14, no. 3, 2000, pp. 681–690. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/2641426
  7. Cork, Steven J.; Clark, Tim W.; and Mazur, Nicole. "Conclusions and Recommendations for Koala Conservation." Conservation Biology, vol. 14, no. 3, 2000, pp. 702–704. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/2641428
  8. Rhodes, Jonathan R.; Wiegand, Thorsten; McAlpine, Clive A.; Callaghan, John; Lunney, Daniel; Bowen, Michiala; and Possingham, Hugh P. "Modeling Species' Distribution to Improve Conservation in Semiurban Landscapes: Koala Case Study." Conservation Biology, vol. 20, no. 2, 2006, pp. 449–459. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/3591353
  9. Dubey, J. P.; Hedstrom, Olaf; Machado, Craig R.; and Osborn, Kent G. "Disseminated Toxoplasmosis in a Captive Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)." Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, vol. 22, no. 3, 1991, pp. 348–350. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/20095168
  10. Polak, Tal; Rhodes, Jonathan R.; Jones, Darryl; and Possingham, Hugh P. "Optimal planning for mitigating the impacts of roads on wildlife." Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 51, no. 3, 2014, pp. 726–734. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/24032535
  11. Ellis, William; Bercovitch, Fred; FitzGibbon, Sean; Melzer, Alistair; de Villiers, Diedre; and Dique, David. "Koala Birth Seasonality and Sex Ratios across Multiple Sites in Queansland, Australia." Journal Mammalogy, vol. 91, no. 1, 2010, pp. 117–182. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/27755184
  12. Burgdorf-Moisuk, Anne; Stalis, Ilse H.; and Pye, Geoffrey W. "DISSEMINATED COCCIDOIDOMYCOSIS IN A KOALA (PHASCOLARCTOS CINEREUS)." Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, vol. 43, no. 1, 2012, pp. 197–199. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/41417093
  13. Watry, Greg. "Koala Poo, Chlamydia and the Microbiome: Biophysics Graduate Student Katherine Dahlhausen." UC Davis, College of Biological Sciences, 11 January 2011, https://biology.ucdavis.edu/news/koala-poo-chlamydia-and-microbiome-biophysics-graduate-student-katherine-dahlhausen. Accessed 17 May 2020.

Episode 003: Part One

1References Cited
  1. Mech, David L. “Canis lupus.” Mammalian Species, vol. 37, 1974, pp. 1–6. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/3503924
  2. Boitani, L.; Phillips, M.; & Jhala, Y. “Canis lupus (errata version published in 2020).” The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 30 August 2018, https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T3746A163508960.en. Accessed 31 May 2020.
  3. Manganiello, Christopher J. “From a Howling Wilderness to Howling Safaris: Science, Policy and Red Wolves in the American South.” Journal of the History of Biology, vol. 42, no. 2, 2009, pp. 325–359. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/40271550
  4. Phillips, M. “Canis rufus (errata version published in 2020).” The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 10 January 2018, https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T3747A163509841.en. Accessed 31 May 2020.
  5. Kays, R. “Canis latrans (errata version published in 2020).” The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 10 January 2018, https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T3745A163508579.en. Accessed 31 May 2020.
  6. Hoffmann, M.; Arnold, J.; Duckworth, J.W.; Jhala, Y.; Kamler, J.F.; & Krofel, M. “Canis aureus (errata version published in 2020).” The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 10 January 2018, https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T118264161A163507876.en. Accessed 31 May 2020.
  7. Hoffmann, M. “Canis mesomelas.” The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 14 March 2014, https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T3755A46122476.en. Accessed 31 May 2020.
  8. Hoffmann, M. “Canis adustus.” The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 14 March 2014, https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T3753A46254734.en. Accessed 31 May 2020.
  9. Elbroch, Mark. Animal Skulls: A Guide to North American Species. First ed., Stackpole Books, 2006.
  10. Boitani, Luigi; Paquet, Paul C.; & Musiani, Marco. The World of Wolves: New Perspectives on Ecology, Behaviour, and Management. Third ed., University of Calgary Press, 2010.
  11. Wang, Xiaoming & Tedford, Richard H. Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History. Paperback ed., Columbia University Press, 2010.
  12. Mech, L. David & Boitani, Luigi. Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation. Paperback ed., University of Chicago Press, 2006.
  13. Mech, David L. & International Wolf Magazine. “Do Wolves Cause Trophic Cascades?.” International Wolf, Fall 2014, p. 8–10.
  14. International Wolf Center Website. 2018. http://www.wolf.org. Accessed 06 June 2020.
  15. Daily Mail Reporter. “Egyptian golden jackal is actually a grey wolf scientists discover in DNA test.” The Daily Mail, 27 January 2011, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1351029/Egyptian-golden-jackal-actually-grey-wolf-scientists-discover-DNA-test.html. Accessed 06 June 2020.
  16. Ripple, William J. & Beschta, Robert L. “Trophic cascades in Yellowstone: The first 15years after wolf reintroduction.” Biological Conservation, vol. 145, no. 1, 2012, pp. 205–213. Elsevier, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2011.11.005
  17. Winnie, John A., Jr. “Predation risk, elk, and aspen: tests of a behaviorally mediated trophic cascade in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.” Ecology, vol. 93, no. 12, 2012, pp. 2600–2614. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.com/stable/41739618
  18. National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park. Wolf Restoration. 2020. https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/nature/wolf-restoration.htm. Accessed 14 June 2020.
  19. U.S. Department of the Interior. Bureau of Land Management Website. https://www.blm.gov/. Accessed 14 June 2020.
  20. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. ECOS Environmental Conservation Online System. https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp0/pub/SpeciesReport.do?groups=A&listingType=L&mapstatus=1. Accessed 19 June 2020.
2Further Reading
  1. Terborgh, John & Estes, James A. Trophic Cascades: Predators, Prey, and the Changing Dynamics of Nature. First ed., Island Press, 2010.
  2. Robisch, S. K. Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature. First ed., University of Nevada Press, 2009.
  3. Callan, Ramana; Nibbelink, Nathan P.; Rooney, Thomas P.; Wiedenhoeft, Jane E.; & Wydeven, Adrian P. “Recolonizing wolves trigger a trophic cascade in Wisconsin (USA).” Journal of Ecology, vol. 101, no. 4, 2013, pp. 837–845. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/42580315
  4. Almberg, Emily S.; Cross, Paul C.; Dobson, Andrew P.; Smith, Douglas W.; & Hudson, Peter J. “Parasite invasion following host reintroduction: a case study of Yellowstone’s wolves.” Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences, vol. 367, no. 1604, 2012, pp. 2840–2851. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/41740009
  5. Boitani, Luigi; Paquet, Paul C.; & Musiani, Marco. A New Era for Wolves and People: Wolf Recovery, Human Attitudes and Policy. First ed., University of Calgary Press, 2009.
3Suggested Viewing
  1. “National Geographic: White Wolf.” National Geographic, 1986.
  2. “Kingdom of the White Wolf.” Kingdom of the White Wolf. National Geographic, 2019.
  3. “Wild Yellowstone (Series).” Wild Yellowstone. National Geographic, 3 December 2015.
4Organisations to Support Grey Wolves
  1. International Wolf Center, http://www.wolf.org
  2. Wolf Park, http://www.wolfpark.org
  3. New York Wolf Center, http://www.nywolf.org
  4. Wolf Watch UK, http://www.wolfwatch.uk

Episode 003: Part Two

1References Cited
  1. Mech, David L. “Canis lupus.” Mammalian Species, vol. 37, 1974, pp. 1–6. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/3503924
  2. Boitani, L.; Phillips, M.; & Jhala, Y. “Canis lupus (errata version published in 2020).” The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 30 August 2018, https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T3746A163508960.en. Accessed 31 May 2020.
  3. Manganiello, Christopher J. “From a Howling Wilderness to Howling Safaris: Science, Policy and Red Wolves in the American South.” Journal of the History of Biology, vol. 42, no. 2, 2009, pp. 325–359. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/40271550
  4. Phillips, M. “Canis rufus (errata version published in 2020).” The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 10 January 2018, https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T3747A163509841.en. Accessed 31 May 2020.
  5. Kays, R. “Canis latrans (errata version published in 2020).” The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 10 January 2018, https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T3745A163508579.en. Accessed 31 May 2020.
  6. Hoffmann, M.; Arnold, J.; Duckworth, J.W.; Jhala, Y.; Kamler, J.F.; & Krofel, M. “Canis aureus (errata version published in 2020).” The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 10 January 2018, https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T118264161A163507876.en. Accessed 31 May 2020.
  7. Hoffmann, M. “Canis mesomelas.” The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 14 March 2014, https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T3755A46122476.en. Accessed 31 May 2020.
  8. Hoffmann, M. “Canis adustus.” The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 14 March 2014, https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T3753A46254734.en. Accessed 31 May 2020.
  9. Elbroch, Mark. Animal Skulls: A Guide to North American Species. First ed., Stackpole Books, 2006.
  10. Boitani, Luigi; Paquet, Paul C.; & Musiani, Marco. The World of Wolves: New Perspectives on Ecology, Behaviour, and Management. Third ed., University of Calgary Press, 2010.
  11. Wang, Xiaoming & Tedford, Richard H. Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History. Paperback ed., Columbia University Press, 2010.
  12. Mech, L. David & Boitani, Luigi. Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation. Paperback ed., University of Chicago Press, 2006.
  13. Mech, David L. & International Wolf Magazine. “Do Wolves Cause Trophic Cascades?.” International Wolf, Fall 2014, p. 8–10.
  14. International Wolf Center Website. 2018. http://www.wolf.org. Accessed 06 June 2020.
  15. Daily Mail Reporter. “Egyptian golden jackal is actually a grey wolf scientists discover in DNA test.” The Daily Mail, 27 January 2011, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1351029/Egyptian-golden-jackal-actually-grey-wolf-scientists-discover-DNA-test.html. Accessed 06 June 2020.
  16. Ripple, William J. & Beschta, Robert L. “Trophic cascades in Yellowstone: The first 15years after wolf reintroduction.” Biological Conservation, vol. 145, no. 1, 2012, pp. 205–213. Elsevier, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2011.11.005
  17. Winnie, John A., Jr. “Predation risk, elk, and aspen: tests of a behaviorally mediated trophic cascade in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.” Ecology, vol. 93, no. 12, 2012, pp. 2600–2614. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.com/stable/41739618
  18. National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park. Wolf Restoration. 2020. https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/nature/wolf-restoration.htm. Accessed 14 June 2020.
  19. U.S. Department of the Interior. Bureau of Land Management Website. https://www.blm.gov/. Accessed 14 June 2020.
  20. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. ECOS Environmental Conservation Online System. https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp0/pub/SpeciesReport.do?groups=A&listingType=L&mapstatus=1. Accessed 19 June 2020.
2Further Reading
  1. Terborgh, John & Estes, James A. Trophic Cascades: Predators, Prey, and the Changing Dynamics of Nature. First ed., Island Press, 2010.
  2. Robisch, S. K. Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature. First ed., University of Nevada Press, 2009.
  3. Callan, Ramana; Nibbelink, Nathan P.; Rooney, Thomas P.; Wiedenhoeft, Jane E.; & Wydeven, Adrian P. “Recolonizing wolves trigger a trophic cascade in Wisconsin (USA).” Journal of Ecology, vol. 101, no. 4, 2013, pp. 837–845. JSTOR, https://www.jstor.org/stable/42580315
  4. Almberg, Emily S.; Cross, Paul C.; Dobson, Andrew P.; Smith, Douglas W.; & Hudson, Peter J. “Parasite invasion following host reintroduction: a case study of Yellowstone’s wolves.” Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences, vol. 367, no. 1604, 2012, pp. 2840–2851. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/41740009
  5. Boitani, Luigi; Paquet, Paul C.; & Musiani, Marco. A New Era for Wolves and People: Wolf Recovery, Human Attitudes and Policy. First ed., University of Calgary Press, 2009.
3Suggested Viewing
  1. “National Geographic: White Wolf.” National Geographic, 1986.
  2. “Kingdom of the White Wolf.” Kingdom of the White Wolf. National Geographic, 2019.
  3. “Wild Yellowstone (Series).” Wild Yellowstone. National Geographic, 3 December 2015.
4Organisations to Support Grey Wolves
  1. International Wolf Center, http://www.wolf.org
  2. Wolf Park, http://www.wolfpark.org
  3. New York Wolf Center, http://www.nywolf.org
  4. Wolf Watch UK, http://www.wolfwatch.uk