Invasive Aliens: The plants and animals from over there that are over here

'Parakeet' 17/365v3 Just a Bird. Image credit: Mark Seton (courtesy of flickr via CC BY-NC 2.0)

  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building (use Block A entrance), University of Plymouth

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Our countryside is filled with grey squirrels and parakeets, snowdrops and pheasants, rhododendrons and rabbits, none of which are indigenous to Britain.

The pace of invasion is now higher than ever before. However, non-native species, problematic or peaceful, aren’t a modern phenomenon: they’ve always been with us. From the earliest settlement of our islands and the first experiments with farming, through the Roman and medieval times, to the age of exploration by Europeans and the current period of globalised free-for-all, the story of invasive species is the story of our own past, present and future.

In his book Invasive Aliens, the naturalist, writer, environmental consultant and wildlife filmmaker Dan Eatherley tells the remarkable story of Britain's invasive aliens. 

Signed copies of Invasive Aliens - a Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Waterstones Book of the Year - will be available to purchase at the event.

Dan Eatherley is a British naturalist, writer and environmental consultant. He has made wildlife documentaries for the BBC with Sir David Attenborough; written on natural history and science for outlets such as Scientific American, New Scientist, BBC Wildlife, the Guardian and the New York Post; and conducted many technical and market research projects on environmental sustainability issues for the UK government, the European Commission and the UN Environment Programme. Dan is also the author of Bushmaster: Raymond Ditmars and the Hunt for the World’s Largest Viper.

This is a joint Royal Geographic Society (with IBG) and Devonshire Association free lecture and no booking is required to attend.

Email alan.smith@plymouth.ac.uk for any queries.

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