This talk is about how birds co-operate and the mechanisms they employ to save energy during flight. The distinctive V formation of bird flocks has long intrigued researchers and continues to attract both scientific and popular attention. Through the use of novel biologging technology, and by working with the reintroduction scheme of the critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis, studies have been performed on the relative positioning of individuals in a V-formation, and the co-operative aerodynamic interactions that take place, at a level and complexity not previously feasible.
Steve is a Reader in Animal Behaviour and Physiology at Royal Holloway University of London. He is a comparative ecophysiologist, who studies how animals adapt their behaviour and ecology to the challenges of their environment. His research has focused on naked mole rats, Siamese fighting fish, and the role of vision in the propensity for certain bird species to fly into man-made objects. His main research, however, is bird flight, and what happens when birds come together in flocks. Steve has published over 60 academic papers, and acted as scientific advisor for numerous nature documentaries including Springwatch, David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities, Conquest of the Skies, Life in the Air, and Nature’s Boldest Thieves.
Doors 6:30pm for 7pm
This is one of an annual programme of 6 talks organised by the London Bird Club a section of the London Natural History Society (LNHS). The LNHS organise around a 100 events a year, most of which are free. Their free guided walks offer a fantastic opportunity to discover London’s wild areas and to learn about wildlife from experts. See http://www.lnhs.org.uk/