Our ancestors had strange beliefs about birds: the lapwing was treacherous, the crow a good parent, and the owl forecast death. How did they think the kingfisher acquired its brilliant colours, or the robin its red breast? Why are church lecterns often in the shape of an eagle? What bird sang a secret beautiful song when it was dying, and which bird was believed to hate its own feet?

A fascinating insight into the ways in which our forebears perceived the natural world and the tales that they told to explain what they saw.

Date(s) - 18/08/2019
1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Merlin Lecture Theatre