Invasive Aliens (Plymouth Branch)
Wed. 16 February 2022 at 7:00 pm
A talk by Dan Eatherley, entitled ‘Invasive Aliens: The plants and animals from over there that are over here’.
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.
About the speaker
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 UN Environment Programme. Dan is also the author of Bushmaster: Raymond Ditmars and the hunt for the world’s largest viper.
Signed copies of Dan Eatherley’s book Invasive Aliens – a Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Waterstones Book of the Year – will be available to purchase at the event.
No booking is required to attend this event which is a joint DA (Plymouth Branch) and Royal Geographical Society free lecture. Contact the organiser (details below) with any enquiries.