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Tweet of the Week

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Weekly podcast in which five stories of birds and birdsong are told by the people inspired by them.

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Weekly podcast in which five stories of birds and birdsong are told by the people inspired by them.

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A Little Vacation for Bird Lovers

By iolantherosa - Jun 09 2017
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This is a lovely podcast. 4 or 5 "ordinary" people every week tell a first-person narrative about a memorable encounter with a bird, sometimes funny, sometimes informative, often very moving. It is beautifully produced, with the song of the bird being discussed played in the background. It really transports you into the moment being described. Coming in at under 10 minutes per episode, it's like a little birding vacation every week.

iTunes Ratings

4 Ratings
Average Ratings
4
0
0
0
0

A Little Vacation for Bird Lovers

By iolantherosa - Jun 09 2017
Read more
This is a lovely podcast. 4 or 5 "ordinary" people every week tell a first-person narrative about a memorable encounter with a bird, sometimes funny, sometimes informative, often very moving. It is beautifully produced, with the song of the bird being discussed played in the background. It really transports you into the moment being described. Coming in at under 10 minutes per episode, it's like a little birding vacation every week.
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Tweet of the Week

Latest release on Apr 06, 2019

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Weekly podcast in which five stories of birds and birdsong are told by the people inspired by them.

Rank #1: Ed Byrne's Tweet Takeover, Pt 2

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Comedian and avid hill-walker Ed Byrne returns this week with a 'ple-feather-a' of his favourite episodes, including a story about how time and ptarmigan, he's been startled by our feathered friends whilst out walking.
This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Chris Watson - Common Pheasant

Tiffany Francis - Corncrake

David Attenborough - Ptarmigan

Kate Humble - Black Grouse

Andy Radford - Curlew
Photograph: Rosalyn Gaunt

Apr 15 2018

8mins

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Rank #2: Ed Byrne's Tweet Takeover, Pt 1

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In the first of a new series, comedian and avid hill-walker Ed Byrne has a rummage around in the Tweet archives to compile this collection of his favourite episodes and tells the story of a blue tit that scared the daylights out of his wife.
This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Alasdair Grubb – Blue Tit

Bill Oddie – Cetti’s Warbler

Miranda Krestovnikoff – Goldfinch

Craig Hartley – Green Woodpecker

Michaela Strachan – Long-Tailed Tit
Photograph: Rosalyn Gaunt

Apr 08 2018

9mins

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Rank #3: Week 25 - Samuel West

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Actor, theatre director and passionate birdwatcher Samuel West presents five very personal stories, beginning with the dipper, followed by the bullfinch, the joy of long tailed tits, and then the Frankie Howerd calling eider and finally the turtle dove, whose song is long lamented in the British Isles.

Oct 29 2017

8mins

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Rank #4: Trudie Goodwin's Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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Actress Trudie Goodwin presents her final collection of archive Tweet of the Day episodes, where she recalls the joy of receiving her copy of the Collins Book of British Birds as a child, what essential bird-watching item she always take abroad and an entertaining event involving Bill Bailey and a barn owl...

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Melodious Warbler - presented by Brett Westwood
Resplendent Quetzal - presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff
Blue Bird of Paradise - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Great Crested Grebe - presented by Stephen Moss
Long-eared Owl - presented by John Aitchison

Feb 10 2019

16mins

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Rank #5: Week 19 - James Cook

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This week, James Cook, Editor of natural history on Radio 4 introduces five stories from across the week. In the first of three stories by theatre director Tara Robinson, she recalls her grandfather and the common tern, followed by the barn owl in a fallen nest box and finally memories of oystercatchers on Loch Fleet. We end this weeks podcast with film maker and writer Hugh Thomson on the woodpigeon, and our final programme, Chris Jones on the swift he rescued and then released.

Sep 17 2017

9mins

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Rank #6: Matt Williams's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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The voice of the Wild Voices Project podcast, Matt Williams, shares an example of one of his birdwatching 'dips'.
This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;
Red-Eyed Vireo - presented by Michael Palin CBE

Hobby - presented by Brett Eastwood

Guillemot - presented by Fyfe Dangerfield

Shetland Starling - presented by Helen Moncrieff

Sedge Warbler - presented by Sir David Attenborough

Jun 03 2018

10mins

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Rank #7: Mark Whitley's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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Countryman Magazine editor Mark Whitley has rifled through the back catalogue to compile this Tweet of the Week omnibus.
This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;
Great Spotted Woodpecker - presented by Brett Westwood

Coal Tit - presented by Dermot O'Leary

Jack Snipe - presented by Chris Watson

Lapwing - presented by Bill Oddie

Curlew - presented by Mark Cocker

Sep 16 2018

14mins

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Rank #8: Week 15 - Tim Birkhead

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Professor Tim Birkhead of Sheffield University presents five stories of seabirds from his time spent leading a study of the guillemot population on the island of Skomer for more than 40 years.
Guillemots crowd the cliff-sides in dense populations, which offers some protection from predators but it can stay be a dangerous place to rear young. Tim tells the story of the guillemot chicks attacked by greater black backed gulls, he also describes the ferocious ravorbill, remembers an intelligent ambush by ravens, the dull social lives of puffins and ends with a story that shows the incredible eyesight and recognition of the guillemot.
This week's stories are introduced by natural history radio maker Andrew Dawes.

Aug 20 2017

8mins

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Rank #9: Chris Packham's Tweet of the Week

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Long-time Tweet supporter and stalwart Chris Packham returns to don his binoculars and guide us through his own personal perch in Tweet of the Day.
This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;
Blue Tit - presented by Chris Packham

Blackbird - presented by Chris Packham

Grey Wagtail - presented by Chris Packham

Coot - presented by Chris Packham

Water Rail - presented by Chris Packham

Jun 17 2018

14mins

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Rank #10: Miriam Darlington's Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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In this week's edition, Miriam Darlington delves into why she believes that she's so drawn towards owls in particular.
This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;
Barn Owl - presented by Chris Packham

Tawny Owl - presented by David Attenborough

Redshank - presented by Martin Hughes-Games

Andean Cock Of The Rock - presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff

Mauritius Kestrel - presented by Michael Palin CBE

Blue Rock Thrush - presented by Liz Bonnin
Photograph: Richard Austin.

May 13 2018

9mins

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Rank #11: Monty Don's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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Gardener and broadcaster Monty Don is the Tweet curator for the next 2 weeks. Here he has compiled a collection of his favourite Tweet episodes, all presented by Sir David Attenborough.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Tawny Owl (Winter) - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Raven - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Snow Bunting - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Knot - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Song Thrush (Winter) - presented by Sir David Attenborough

Dec 23 2018

10mins

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Rank #12: Mark Whitley's Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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Mark Whitley shares some more of his favourite Tweet of the Day episodes from the archive.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Osprey - presented by Steve Backshall
Red Kite - presented by David Attenborough
Buzzard - presented by Michael Morpurgo
Guillemot Bird Sense - presented by Tim Birkhead
Common Crane - presented by Kathy Hinde

Sep 23 2018

16mins

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Rank #13: Monty Don's Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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Monty Don returns with another collection of Tweet episodes fronted by Sir David Attenborough.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

House Wren - presented by David Attenborough
Christmas Shearwater - presented by David Attenborough
New Zealand Robin - presented by David Attenborough
Mistle Thrush (Song) - presented by David Attenborough
Wandering Albatross - presented by David Attenborough

Dec 30 2018

10mins

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Rank #14: Stephen Gregory's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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Horror writer Stephen Gregory is in the Tweet seat this week, discussing the birds that have influenced his writing as well as sharing some interesting facts about Swifts.
This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;
Scarlet Macaw - presented by Michael Palin, CBE

Crossbill - presented by Sir David Attenborough

Curlew - presented by Kate Humble

Dipper - presented by Samuel West

Blue Footed Booby - presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff

Jul 22 2018

10mins

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Rank #15: Simon Barnes's Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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Sports journalist and avid nature enthusiast Simon Barnes returns to share some of his birdwatching memories from around the world.
This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Chiffchaff - presented by Bill Oddie

Treecreeper - presented by Tara Robinson

Asian Koel - presented by Michael Palin CBE

Norther Wheatear - presented by Michaela Strachan

Osprey - presented by David Lindo

May 27 2018

10mins

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Rank #16: Carry Akroyd's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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Carry Akroyd continues her long-standing affiliation with Tweet of the Day by compiling this collection of episodes and anecdotes from the archive.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Chough - presented by John Aitchison
Redwing - presented by Chris Watson
Northern Wheatear - presented by Helen Moncrieff
Magpie - presented by David Attenborough
Snipe - presented by Jane Smith

Nov 25 2018

19mins

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Rank #17: Kitty Macfarlane's Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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Folk singer Kitty Macfarlane is back with a collection of her favourite Tweet of the Day episodes. In this bumper edition, she reflects on the importance of including field recordings on her album (and the subsequent trouble she went to to acquire them), her interpretation of what connects us to the natural world, and the role a football rattle plays in her garden…

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Common Crane - presented by Martin Hughes-Games
Little Egret - presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff
Oystercatcher - presented by Michaela Strachan
Grey Heron - presented by Sam West
Bittern - presented by Stephen Moss

Oct 07 2018

16mins

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Rank #18: Tom Bailey's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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Tom Bailey, a theatre maker based in Bristol, has compiled this collection of Tweet episodes. Interwoven between them, he explains his directions, interpretations and inspirations for his performance "Zugunruhe", which revolves around the migratory restlessness experienced by the Marsh Warbler.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Marsh Warbler - presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff
Dupont's Lark - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Red-Legged Partridge - presented by Chris Watson
Northern Jacana - presented by Liz Bonnin
White Tern - presented by Sir David Attenborough

You can read more about Zugunruhe and Tom's other projects on the website: http://www.mechanimal.co.uk/

Oct 14 2018

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Rank #19: Week 28 - Dermot O'Leary

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Presenter Dermot O'Leary tells five stories of his favourite birds, starting with an adventure birdwatching in Scotland and finishing with an industrious garden visitor.
Producer: Tom Bonnett

Nov 19 2017

8mins

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Rank #20: Kate Bradbury's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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Wildlife gardener and journalist Kate Bradbury compiles a collection of her favourite Tweet episodes.This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;
Bullfinch - presented by Chris Baines

Grey Heron - presented by Sir David Attenborough

Dunnock - presented by Dermot O'Leary

Willow Tit - presented by Martin Hughes-Games

Jay - presented by Brett Westwood
Photograph: Paul Dubois.

Sep 02 2018

13mins

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Satish Kumar's Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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In his second edition of Tweet of the Week, peace and environmental activist Satish Kumar shares how he views birds and all of nature are part of the world that we are all part of. Satish's thoughts that we should aim to live with an elegant simplicity and within this we should embrace time, not as our enemy and making us stressed in the modern world, but as an assett. Take time to walk, as walking is the best way to be out in and enjoy everything nature has to offer.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Ring Ouzel - presented by Bill Oddie
Greater Hill Mynah - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Goosander - presented by Kate Humble
Merlin - presented by Chris Packham
Common Tern - presented by Machaela Strachan

Apr 06 2019

25mins

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Satish Kumar's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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In his first edition of Tweet of the Week, peace and environmental activist Satish Kumar shares how he views birds are symbols of free spirits and a pure consciousness, how humans can never view themselves as being superior to nature, and why he believes nature is capable of imagination and memories.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Common Indian Cuckoo - presented by Chris Packham
Grasshopper Warbler - presented by Kate Humble
Pied Flycatcher - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Kingfisher - presented by Steve Backshall
Northern Cardinal - presented by Michael Palin CBE

Mar 31 2019

19mins

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Gillian Clarke's Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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Poet Gillian Clarke shares her encounter with a heron on the M4, her feelings on the next generation's disconnect from the natural world, and the enduring relationship between the Welsh language poets and the natural world.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

King Eider - presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff
Guillemot - presented by David Attenborough
Pink-footed Goose - presented by Kathy Hinde
Garden Warbler - presented by Penny Anderson
Robin - presented by David Rothenberg

Mar 24 2019

17mins

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Gillian Clarke's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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Gillian Clarke, former National Poet of Wales, presents a selection of her favourite Tweet of the Day episodes, and talks of her fondness for kites, her tree planting initiative, and the unique relationship between the sounds of birdwatching and her poetry.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Fulmar - presented by Kate Humble
Budgerigar - presented by Michael Palin CBE
Common Gull - presented by Michaela Strachan
Golden Plover - presented by Andy Clements
Great Shearwater - presented by Brett Westwood

Mar 17 2019

16mins

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Geoff Sample's Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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Geoff Sample hosts another omnibus edition of Tweet of the Week.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Sand Martin - presented by Bill Oddie
Variable Pitohui - presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff
Collared Dove - presented by Sam West
Red-necked Nightjar - presented by Chris Packham
Whimbrel - presented by Sir David Attenborough

Mar 10 2019

20mins

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Geoff Sample's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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Wildlife sound recordist Geoff Sample hosts this week's Tweet of the Week omnibus, where he reminisces on a love of Scotland, the bird he's currently fascinated with, and some interesting encounters he's had as a result of a life of sound recording.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Red Grouse - presented by Brett Westwood
Blackcap - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Manx Shearwater - presented by Gary Moore
Great Spotted Woodpecker - presented by Chris Baines
Sulphur crested Cockatoo - presented by Liz Bonnin

Mar 03 2019

19mins

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Dominic Couzens' Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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Dominic Couzens returns to share more stories from the natural world. In addition to previous Tweet of the Day episodes, we'll also hear why why he believes there's been such a rise in interest in natural history, the benefits such interests can bring, and the one bird-watching destination he still yearns to visit...

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Arabian Babbler - presented by Chris Packham
Blackbird - presented by David Rothenberg
Glossy Ibis - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Lapwing - presented by Heather Bennett
Bitten - presented by Kate Humble

Feb 24 2019

15mins

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Dominic Couzens' Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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Natural historian and bird guide Dominic Couzens is this week's guest curator, and shares his insight into the importance of actually looking and watching birds instead of ticking them off of a list, and why he feels that bird watching can be a hobby for everyone.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Stonechat - presented by Michaela Strachan
Eider - presented by Samuel West
Red-throated Diver - presented by Kate Humble
Song Thrush - presented by Stephen Moss
Woodlark - presented by Gary Moore

Feb 17 2019

16mins

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Trudie Goodwin's Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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Actress Trudie Goodwin presents her final collection of archive Tweet of the Day episodes, where she recalls the joy of receiving her copy of the Collins Book of British Birds as a child, what essential bird-watching item she always take abroad and an entertaining event involving Bill Bailey and a barn owl...

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Melodious Warbler - presented by Brett Westwood
Resplendent Quetzal - presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff
Blue Bird of Paradise - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Great Crested Grebe - presented by Stephen Moss
Long-eared Owl - presented by John Aitchison

Feb 10 2019

16mins

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Trudie Goodwin's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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Actress Trudie Goodwin compiles her first edition of Tweet of the Week, and reminisces about Carib grackles in the Caribbean, Kestrels above Battersea Power Station, and some pointers about where the best place to bird watch is...

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Bar-tailed Godwit - presented by Martin Hughes-Games
Firecrest - presented by Chris Watson
Australian Magpie - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Jackdaw - presented by Martin Hughes-Games
Woodcock - presented by Kate Humble

Feb 03 2019

18mins

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Kirsty Oswald's Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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Actress Kirsty Oswald shares stories and episodes from the Tweet archive, including her personal connection to the Antarctic.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Tree Sparrow - presented by Martin Hughes-Games
Barn Owl - presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff
Robin - presented by Brett Westwood
Grey Heron - presented by Fyfe Dangerfield
Snow Petrel - presented by Liz Bonnin

Jan 27 2019

13mins

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Kirsty Oswald's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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Actress Kirsty Oswald presents this omnibus edition of Tweet of the Day, where she comments on how bird watching mirrors an important ingredient of living; "the very nature of looking up invokes curiosity, questioning and wonderment". She also reflects on what she feels is the unjust demonisation of magpies, the development of her own personal language used when self-identifying birds, and how Canada Geese stir up memories of early morning alarm clocks.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Magpie - presented by Eleanor Matthews
Black Swan - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Kakapo - presented by Michael Palin CBE
Canada Geese - presented by Gregory Overden
Teal - presented by Chris Packham
Long Tailed Tit - presented by Matt Waddington

Jan 20 2019

17mins

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Rachel Unthank's Tweet of the Week

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Rachel Unthank, fellow bandmate and sister of Becky, has compiled this omnibus edition comprised of her favourite episodes from the archive.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Tree Sparrow - presented by Martin Hughes-Games
Barn Owl - presented by Miranda Krestovnikoff
Robin - presented by Brett Westwood
Grey Heron - presented by Stephen Moss
Snow Petrel - presented by John Aitchison

Jan 13 2019

13mins

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Becky Unthank's Tweet of the Week

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Becky Unthank, folk singer with the Unthanks, compiles her edition of Tweet of the Week. Here, she explores how musicians can take their inspiration from birds, and the personal attachments and stories she has to birds.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Curlew - presented by Martin Hughes-Games
Dipper - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Magpie - presented by Eleanor Matthews
Peregrine Falcon - presented by Kit Jawitt aka Yolo Birder
Woodpigeon - presented by Hugh Thomson

Jan 06 2019

15mins

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Monty Don's Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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Monty Don returns with another collection of Tweet episodes fronted by Sir David Attenborough.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

House Wren - presented by David Attenborough
Christmas Shearwater - presented by David Attenborough
New Zealand Robin - presented by David Attenborough
Mistle Thrush (Song) - presented by David Attenborough
Wandering Albatross - presented by David Attenborough

Dec 30 2018

10mins

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Monty Don's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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Gardener and broadcaster Monty Don is the Tweet curator for the next 2 weeks. Here he has compiled a collection of his favourite Tweet episodes, all presented by Sir David Attenborough.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Tawny Owl (Winter) - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Raven - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Snow Bunting - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Knot - presented by Sir David Attenborough
Song Thrush (Winter) - presented by Sir David Attenborough

Dec 23 2018

10mins

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Brian Brigg's Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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Singer, songwriter and nature reserve warden Brian Briggs returns to share more anecdotes from the Tweet archive

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Capercaillie - presented by Kate Humble
Long-tailed Duck - presented by Chris Packham
Greylag - presented by Amy Liptrot
Veery Thrush - presented by David Rothenberg
Ringed Plover - presented by Jane Smith

Dec 16 2018

18mins

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Brian Brigg's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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Brian Briggs used to travel the country as a founding member of the band Stornoway, utilising the stops on the tour to sample the local wildlife. Now he's had a career change, leaving the music world behind and he is now is the reserve manager of the Wetlands and Wildlife Trust's Llanelli Wetland Centre in West Wales.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Mandarin Duck - presented by Penny Anderson
Bluethroat - presented by Fyfe Dangerfield
Sanderling - presented by David Attenborough
Horned Screamer - presented by Michael Palin CBE
Rook - presented by Bill Oddie

Dec 09 2018

18mins

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Carry Akroyd's Tweet of the Week, Pt 2

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Carry Akroyd, illustrator of 2013's Tweet of the Day British Birds book, concludes her tenure as curator of Tweet of the Day with this collection of stories and anecdotes from the archive.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Stock Dove - presented by Kate Humble
Pied Wagtail - presented by Martin Hughes-Games
Chaffinch - presented by John Aitchison
Kestrel - presented by Steve Backshall
Green Woodpecker - presented by Kate Humble

Dec 02 2018

18mins

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Carry Akroyd's Tweet of the Week, Pt 1

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Carry Akroyd continues her long-standing affiliation with Tweet of the Day by compiling this collection of episodes and anecdotes from the archive.

This omnibus edition contains the following repeated episodes;

Chough - presented by John Aitchison
Redwing - presented by Chris Watson
Northern Wheatear - presented by Helen Moncrieff
Magpie - presented by David Attenborough
Snipe - presented by Jane Smith

Nov 25 2018

19mins

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iTunes Ratings

4 Ratings
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A Little Vacation for Bird Lovers

By iolantherosa - Jun 09 2017
Read more
This is a lovely podcast. 4 or 5 "ordinary" people every week tell a first-person narrative about a memorable encounter with a bird, sometimes funny, sometimes informative, often very moving. It is beautifully produced, with the song of the bird being discussed played in the background. It really transports you into the moment being described. Coming in at under 10 minutes per episode, it's like a little birding vacation every week.