Thursday 16th July – Owls: A Cultural History

 speaker: Mike Toms

Mike Toms, author of the New Naturalist volume on owls and an Associate Director at the British Trust for Ornithology, explores our relationships with owls and examines how these have changed over time and varied between cultures. From witches familiars to ancestral spirits, owls have a rich and diverse folklore, something that has shaped our attitudes towards this well-studied group of birds. Mike is a regular contributor to the Eastern Daily Press and to BBC Wildlife Magazine. He is also part of the New Networks for Nature ( Steering Group, a broad alliance of creators (including poets, authors, scientists, film makers, visual artists, environmentalists, musicians and composers) whose work draws strongly on the natural environment.

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