Golden Grenades is a weekly podcast about birds and those who worship them, all set against the heart-warming, upbeat backdrop of the end of the world. Each week, YOLOBirder chats to a special guest about their five favourite birds, one of which must enter a best bird duel against the mighty peregrine falcon!

Episode 26: Brian Briggs

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Episode 26: Brian Briggs
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YOLObirder’s guest in the post-environmental apocalyptic wasteland is Dr Brian Briggs, a conservationist and musician on a lifelong quest to tune into the natural world.  Brian is both a manager of an internationally important nature reserve, and the singer/songwriter for the band Stornoway.

Stornoway were the first unsigned band to appear on Later… With Jools Holland and have subsequently toured worldwide and enjoyed main stage appearances at festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude and Isle of Wight.  Stornoway’s three acclaimed albums and three EPs combine Brian’s two great passions of music and nature and their most recent, Bonxie, entered the UK Charts inside the Top 20 and featured the songs of twenty different species of birds.

Episode 25: Kerrie Gardner

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Episode 25: Kerrie Gardner
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YOLOBirder is back with a brand new Golden Grenades episode with the fantastic artist, writer and all round nature lover Kerrie Gardner.

Kerrie is a nature inspired artist and writer living in Devon who likes to dabble in a variety of crafts. Before becoming self employed she worked as an ecologist and prior to that was an environmental educator with the Dorset Wildlife Trust. She contributed to the BTO’s Red Sixty Seven book and has written for Penguin, discussing the loss of biodiversity in the UK over the past 70 years.

Kerrie talks to Kit about her five favourite birds, particularly those that look like foliage, and why she has a tendency to load dead animals into her wheelbarrow!

Episode 24: City Girl in Nature

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Episode 24: City Girl in Nature
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YOLOBirder’s special guest on the increasingly infrequent Golden Grenades podcast is Kwesia, AKA City Girl in Nature.

Kwesia is from South East London, and her experience of the outdoors growing up was playing football on the streets with dustbins for goalposts. She developed a secret interest in nature documentaries, and did not expect that a visit to her youth club from the British Exploring Society would change her life…

Now Kwesia is on a quest, through her “nature connection activism”, to share her story with other young people to help them experience the benefits of the wild world too.

Please donate to Kwesia’s crowdfunder here:

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/city-girl-in-nature

Episode 23: Jamie Dunning

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Episode 23: Jamie Dunning
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After a bit of a hiatus, Golden Grenades is back! Joining YOLOBirder this time is ornithologist, Jamie Dunning. Jamie is working on his PHD at Imperial College on the social lives of House Sparrows, has discovered that Puffins’ bills fluoresce and has an amateur project on the go on Twite in England. Some of us are interested in birds, but Jamie has taken it to the next level!

Contains the birds that led to the creation of the Muppets, birds that go to the pub and the bird that keeps Jamie awake at night!

Episode 22: Nicola Chester

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Episode 22: Nicola Chester
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In this episode of Golden Grenades nature writer Nicola Chester discusses her work and recently published memoir, On Gallows Down. Why do people keep giving her dead things in a Bag For Life? Which bird would she like to rename the Spangle Speaker? And which species did she use to spook armed American servicemen? Have a listen to find out!

Episode 21: Mackenzie Crook

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Episode 21: Mackenzie Crook
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Actor, writer and director Mackenzie Crook discusses his love of birds, Detectorists and Worzel Gummidge and the bird he would most like to peck out one of his eyes!

Episode 20: YOLOBirder and Will Rose

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Golden Grenades
Episode 20: YOLOBirder and Will Rose
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For the final episode of the second series, YOLOBirder is joined by his Golden Grenades partner-in-crime Will Rose for a bit of last day of term, bring-a-toy-in, do-no-work tomfoolery.

Includes unacceptable bird tattoos, coot skills and Will flips the table on Kit making him reveal the five species of bird he would choose to survive the environmental apocalypse.

Episode 19: Jonny Fisk

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Episode 19: Jonny Fisk
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YOLOBirder’s fellow apocalypse survivor this week is Jonny Fisk, lifelong wildlife enthusiast and for the past five years has lived and worked as an Estate Worker/Assistant Warden at Spurn Bird Observatory.

Contains unexpected migration, bird serial killers, sky burials and a pointless game of Pointless!

Episode 18: Alex Bond

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Episode 18: Alex Bond
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This week’s guest on Golden Grenades is Dr. Alex Bond, senior curator in charge of birds at the Natural History Museum. Alex describes his work looking after the historically and culturally important specimens in his care and talks about his extensive work as a conservation biologist with a focus on the marine environment and island biology.

Contains the bird Alex described as “one pound balls of hate” and the one that sounds like “a northern granny when you tell them you have met a nice boy”!

Episode 17: Lucy Lapwing

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Episode 17: Lucy Lapwing
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This week YOLOBirder is joined by naturalist and self-proclaimed nature nerd Lucy Lapwing. Lucy started blogging about wildlife on her Instagram during a period of illness in 2015, and aims to communicate the weird and the beautiful aspects of our natural world in a funny and inclusive way. She works for the RSPB in Communication, Fundraising and Community Engagement and has ongoing bird song series on YouTube and BBC Radio 3. She has successfully spread the nerdy word on a number of [platforms recently including BBC Earth and Springwatch’s Instagram, and the Self Isolating Bird Club.

In this episode Lucy celebrates the ‘little brown jobs’ and the often overlooked female birds of a species.

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