By 5.30 on 10 November it'll be too dark to keep gardening and too early to think about dinner, so why not learn something? How about this in the Insights Lecture series from Newcastle University - 'Birds and us: how we shaped them and they shaped us,' by Prof Tim Birkhead.
'This lecture will explore everything from the birds deified and mummified by Ancient Egyptians to Renaissance studies of woodpecker anatomy; from the kleptomania and taxonomic obsessions of Victorian ornithologists through to the present-day fight to save endangered species.'
Go to the website for information and registration (and scroll down the sidebar to see all kinds of other YouTube delights available). And details of some brilliant-sounding books the Prof has written, too, which I've added to the list on the Reading list page.
Photo: Avocets (Izzy Fry)
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