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 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!
Episode 20: YOLOBirder and Will Rose
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
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
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"!