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! Twitter: @YOLOBirder. Artwork, music, bells and whistles by Will Rose.
Episode 26: Brian Briggs
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.
‘I am a nature manager but I don’t manage nature - I nudge it and fight it and kick it about on a small scale, but really it manages me and my days - it is my church, and its power shapes and drives everything I do’
In this episode Brian talks about using birdsong in his music, having seabirds in his bath and the time finding a rare bird led to the deployment of riot vans!
Stornoway on Twitter
Stornoway on Instagram
Episode 25: Kerrie Gardner
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!
Do follow Kerrie on Instagram and Twitter to see her wonderful artwork, which is available to buy on her online shop (links below):
Kerrie's website is here
Kerrie's art shop is here
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Episode 24: City Girl in Nature
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:
City Girl in Nature website: http://citygirlinnature.com/
City Girl in Nature YouTube Channel
Howdy! Thanks for listening! The podcast has been of a bit of a hiatus, but fear not! We've set up a Ko‑fi page to hopefully raise some funds to pay for Zoom Pro to make recording further episodes so much easier. Tips massively appreciated!
Episode 23: Jamie Dunning
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
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
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!
A breath of fresh air for a wildlife podcast, love it 👌🏻
A podcast for nature lovers!
I really enjoyed this through the lock downs, and beyond.
An entertaining format and great guests, well worth a listen