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 32: Josie George
Kit's guest on Golden Grenades for this episode is Josie George. Josie is a writer and visual artist based in the West Midlands. She is the author of her highly acclaimed book A STILL LIFE, a memoir about life as a chronically ill mother with a big heart and wide-open eyes. She is a regular writer for The Guardian Country Diary and her own blog bimblings, sharing a different view of nature from her urban neighbourhood, often from her mobility scooter. Josie spends her days finding doorways into remarkable places right where she is (even if that's often in bed). She believes the ordinary world around us has something to say and she's determined to listen.
Episode 31: Northumberland Part 2 (Ft Mark Eaton and Tom Cadwallender)
In a break from your usual programming, Kit and his pal Will Rose are on location! In Part 2 of our Northumbrian odyssey, we pick up where we left off and Tom Cadwallender shows us around his local patch. Then we head into the hills to meet up with secretary of the Rare Breeding Birds Panel, Mark Eaton and hopefully a plethora of red-listed bird species.
May contain a man casually chucking a baby bird!
Episode 30: Northumberland Part 1 (Ft Wild Intrigue and Tom Cadwallender)
In a break from your usual programming, Kit is on location! He's bought a roaming microphone, mounted it to a stick and is taking his old mucker Will Rose around Northumberland to show him the local wildlife. En route we chat to some local legends of the bird world, wear nets on our heads and learn that Puffins are mingers.
Featuring; Heather Devey and Cain Scrimgeour of Wild Intrigue and the Godfather of Roseate Terns, Tom Cadwallender.
May contain Peregrines.
Lev Parikian: Taking Flight
In this Golden Grenades bonus/extra episode Kit talks to writer and conductor Lev Parikian about his new book, Taking Flight.
Episode 29: Arjan Dwarshuis
This episode of Golden Grenades features Arjan Dwarshuis, a professional bird guide, writer, and motivational speaker, who also holds the current Guinness Book World Record for observing the largest number of bird species in a single year. In 2016, he launched his global “Big Year” and ultimately observed 6852 of the world’s roughly 10,900 bird species, setting a record that stands to this day. His yearlong adventure raised nearly 50,000 Euros for the BirdLife's Preventing Extinctions Programme. Arjan also starred in the award-winning documentary Arjan’s Big Year, and appears regularly on radio, television, and podcast programs in the Netherlands and beyond. On May 4th 2023, his book about this adventure will be published in English by Chelsea Green Publishing under the title ‘The (Big) Year That Flew By’.
Nick Acheson: The Meaning of Geese
Kit is joined by naturalist and conservationist Nick Acheson for a chat about his new book, The Meaning of Geese, published on Thursday 9th February 2023 by Chelsea Green Publishing.
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Humorous & Informative!
Loved the gentle geordie voice of the host and range of interviewees. The birdsong is a great addition too!
A very entertaining yet comfortable podcast. More of the same please
A breath of fresh air for a wildlife podcast, love it 👌🏻