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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

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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