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RSPB talk - Birds: Their hidden world by Peter Holden MBE

  • 8 March 2019
  • 7:45pm
  • Lecture Theatre U020, Brockington Building

About this event

This talk looks at British birds and their amazing lives, the sort of information that most 'bird books' leave out.

We look at their adaptation and aspects of reproduction; from the secretive time of acquiring a territory and building a nest to their highly developed social behaviour and the roles of the different sexes. 

On the way, we will consider the purpose of bird song, by listening to common examples, and we will explore the mystery of mechanical sound used by a few familiar species. Finally, we will consider, if left to their own devices, how long can these birds survive in the wild. 

Peter was on the RSPB staff for more than 40 years. Initially, he ran the RSPB's junior membership, during which time he devised the Big Garden Birdwatch. Later he headed the RSPB's volunteer programme, and then People Engagement which was responsible for developing activities such as 'Aren't Birds Brilliant' and 'Date with Nature' which connected large numbers of people with local wildlife. 

For many years, he advised Blue Peter and often appeared in their garden. In 1994-1995 he joined Bill Oddie in a BBC 1 series called Bird in the Nest and he has also contributed to Springwatch. 

Peter has co-authored more than a dozen books, including the RSPB Handbook of British Birds and, most recently, Birds: A Hidden World. In total, Peter's books have sold over a million copies. 

Peter was awarded an MBE for services to Nature Conservation in the 2009 New Year's Honours List.
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Peter Farnworth
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01332 810061
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£3.50 members, £4 non-members, FREE for students with student card
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