The most interesting wildlife you haven't noticed yet
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The Annual Royal Society of Biology Lecture on Wednesday 10 October will be held jointly between the School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth and the Royal Society of Biology. 

This year's invited speaker is Dr Ken Thompson.

Wildlife gardening has never been more popular, but many of us don’t get much beyond the wildlife that can be seen from the kitchen window – essentially birds and maybe the odd fox. Even those of us who venture outdoors in pursuit of garden wildlife often don’t pay attention to anything less obvious than butterflies and bumblebees. But your garden is home to much, much more than that, nearly all of it either small, inconspicuous or nocturnal, and sometimes all three.

In this talk Ken will briefly introduce you to a few of the less-obvious inhabitants of your garden. Each has an interesting story to tell, revealing that if you think gardening is only about plants, you’re missing most of the fun. Together, they make up a tiny part of the cast of thousands that help to make Britain’s gardens one enormous nature reserve.

About the speaker

Ken Thompson did his PhD at Sheffield University in the 1970s and lectured at Durham University and Plymouth (then) Polytechnic before returning to Sheffield in 1990, eventually becoming senior lecturer in ecology. He recently retired and returned to Devon.

He has broad interests in plant ecology, has published nearly 170 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and is a senior editor of the British Ecological Society journal Functional Ecology. He writes and lectures extensively, and has written seven books on gardening and popular science. In 2014 he published Where do Camels Belong? The Story and Science of Invasive Species (Profile Books) and The Sceptical Gardener, a collection of his gardening columns from the Daily Telegraph, was published by Icon Books in 2015. His latest book, on Charles Darwin’s botany, is published by Profile Books later this year.

In 2016 he was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Veitch Memorial Medal for his contribution to the advancement and improvement of the science and practice of horticulture.

The lecture starts at 18:00 and booking is essential. Please book your place via the above link or contact events@plymouth.ac.uk for any queries.

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