Christmas Lecture - Natural history of Christmas

Ref: C3532946

This lecture is part of our Christmas events. The subject specialist will deliver the lecture, with a limited time at the end for questions. Have you ever wondered why turkeys don't come from Turkey! This short course will explore the natural history of Christmas and some of the traditions associated with the wild plants and animals of the British countryside. Find out about the tiny moth that lives in the leaves of mistletoe why we kiss under this parasitic plant. The secrets of holly and Ivy, where Christmas trees originally came from. This special time of the year has associations with many familiar animals, discover what reindeer eat and how they find their food in the middle of winter when it is buried under a blanket of snow, and investigate the secret life of the robin.

Course aim

Discover the history and natural history of Christmas

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Name the plants and animals associated with the Christmas session
  • Describe the natural history of reindeer.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No prior knowledge, just enjoy the wonder of Christmas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Christmas Lecture - Natural history of Christmas


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