Since the dawn of human history, birds have stirred our imagination, inspiring and challenging our ideas about science, faith, art and philosophy. Award-winning writer and ornithologist Tim Birkhead takes us on an epic and dazzling journey through our fascinating history with birds, from the ibises mummified and deified by Ancient Egyptians to Renaissance experiments on woodpecker anatomy, from Victorian obsessions with egg collecting to the present fight to save endangered species and restore their habitats.
Want to put your bird-spotting into practice? Join us in Pittville Park at 1pm for Watch and Wonder: A Bird-Spotting Walk, quick find code: O015.
Books from the speakers in this event
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*This is not a BBC event
The BBC Science Zone is located on our Science in the Square site in Imperial Gardens (GL50 1QA next to Cheltenham Town Hall)
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