The talk looks at the intriguing life of the often overlooked but common bird known as the Dunnock along with a host of other sometimes misleading and confusing names. The Dunnock also gained fame in a study that showed how males engage in cloacal pecking to render void a prior mating attempt by a rival suitor. As a declining species, the talk will look at its physiology and ecological requirements across its geographical range and look how its behaviour, food sources and association with people has both positive and negative effects on its population.
Tony Wileman is a trained ecologist working for the London Wildlife Trust with over 25 years experience in nature conservation. His interest in birds spans 37 years and he has travelled to five continents watching and recording them. He has a particular interest in species to species and habitat interactions and is passionate about ensuring wildlife in all its forms obtains a voice for its preservation.
Doors open 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/