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 16: Dominic Couzens

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Episode 16: Dominic Couzens
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This week YOLOBirder is joined by the best selling nature writer and international tour guide Dominic Couzens, who discusses his lifelong love of birds and the five species that mean the most to him. From his first published article on gull identification to his latest book, Save Our Species: Endangered Animals and How You Can Save Them, Dominic talks about his fascination for bird behaviour and telling others about the amazing things birds do. We even chat about his appearance on Harry Hill’s TV Burp!

Episode 15: Tiffany Francis-Baker

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Episode 15: Tiffany Francis-Baker
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This week nature writer and illustrator Tiffany Frances-Baker talks about her five favourite birds, her love of the night sky and how to forage!

Contains satanic buntings, knitted finches and the answer to this week’s Zero Punches Pulled question “Is it wrong to wish on space hardware”!

Will YOLOBirder’s peregrine defeat Tiffany’s tribute in the best bird off? Listen to find out!

Episode 14: Fyfe Dangerfield

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Episode 14: Fyfe Dangerfield
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This week YOLOBirder is joined by musician and songwriter Fyfe Dangerfield who talks about his five favourite species of bird, his Birdwatcher project and EP and which bird he would chose to dress like if he could! Also contains a sneak peek of his next smash hit ‘Nightjar Superstar’!

Episode 13: Luke Massey and Katie Stacey

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Episode 13: Luke Massey and Katie Stacey
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YOLOBirder’s special guests this week are photographer and cameraman Luke Massey and wildlife writer Katie Stacey. Two years ago Luke and Katie moved to Asturias in northern Spain and set up Wild Finca, a home and agriwilding project that might just be their biggest challenge yet. They talk about the five species of bird that have guided them on their journey to this point, and their hopes for the future.

Warning-contains various background farm animals! Also, badly-timed nappy changes, throwing meat and floating decapitated heads in swimming pools!

Note: despite Luke and Katie being outside to maximise their signal in remote northern Spain, it was Kit that had some recording issues at his end in the UK!

Episode 12: Kabir Kaul

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Golden Grenades
Episode 12: Kabir Kaul
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This week YOLOBirder is joined by Kabir Kaul, a young conservationist, wildlife writer and passionate advocate of London’s biodiversity. He is an ambassador for the Cameron Bespolka Trust, RSPB Youth Councillor, London National Park City Ranger and Director of Environment & Conservation for Middlesex Heritage and somehow manages to still fit in his school studies! Through his popular interactive map of London’s nature reserves and green spaces he encourages Londoner’s to make a difference to the wildlife on their doorstep. He has featured on BBC Autumnwatch and received the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award last year.

Episode 11: Megan McCubbin

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Episode 11: Megan McCubbin
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Kicking off the second series of Golden Grenades, YOLOBirder chats to zoologist, wildlife TV presenter, writer and photographer Megan McCubbin about her love of wildlife and how she strives to protect it. Contains goshawk sniffin’, tiger chuffin’ and Marmite flyin’!

Episode 10: Will Rose

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Episode 10: Will Rose
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YOLOBirder’s special guest this week is designer and animator Will Rose. Will’s work ranges from Peppa Pig and Hey Duggee to animating Sir David Attenborough himself and Luke Massey and Katie Stacey’s Film ‘The Last Song of the Nightingale’.

Contains birds seen while showering, swift plucking and the bird depicted on more stamps than any others!

Episode 9: Stephen Moss

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Episode 9: Stephen Moss
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This week YOLOBirder is joined by nature writer, broadcaster and producer, Stephen Moss who talks about the five bird species that have meant the most to him throughout his life. Contains courtship, romance and birds that look like “little old men”.

Episode 8: Lucy McRobert

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Golden Grenades
Episode 8: Lucy McRobert
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YOLOBirder is joined by naturalist, wildlife author and storyteller Lucy McRobert, who talks about her five most memorable birding experiences, from Godawful buntings, twitching with a baby in tow and a first for Britain.

Episode 7: Malcolm Green

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Episode 7: Malcolm Green
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This week Kit, aka YOLOBirder, is joined by professional storyteller Malcolm Green, who teaches storytelling at Newcastle University and has created two touring performances inspired by birds. Malcolm talks about his five favourite birds and why they are so special to him. Includes the song ‘Inside’ by his son Joshua Green from their ‘Gone Cuckoo’ show.

Includes folklore, seabirds as currency and the sheer joy of sitting in a field.

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