Professor Tim Birkhead, The Wonderful Mr Willughby. The First True Ornithologist.

Tim Birkhead is a Fellow of the Royal Society and professor in behaviour and evolution at the University of Sheffield. His internationally recognised research focuses on populations of birds and their reproduction and has redefined our understanding of their mating systems.

Tim is the author of many books on birds, including The Wisdom of Birds, Bird Sense and The Most Perfect Thing, winner of the Zoological Society of London’s Communicating Zoology Award for 2016, and the basis for the TV documentary Attenborough’s Eggs screened in 2018. He has featured in many BBC Radio 4 programmes and has spoken at numerous literary festivals, Including Hay on Wye and Cheltenham.

His most recent book, published in 2018 is The Wonderful Mr Willughby. The First True Ornithologist. Francis Willughby lived and thrived in the midst of the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. Along with his Cambridge tutor John Ray, Willughby was determined to overhaul the whole of natural history and impose order on its complexity. He finessed the differentiation of birds through identification of their distinguishing features and asked questions that were centuries ahead of their time. His discoveries and his approach to natural history continue to be relevant – and revelatory – today.

This talk by one of the world’s leading ornithologists is a not to be missed opportunity. For those who wish to have an insight into both the subject of the early ornithologists and the quality of the speaker see Tim’s talk at

Join us at Bartestree Village Hall on Friday 15th February 2019 – you will not be disappointed!

Date(s) - 15/02/2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Bartestree Village Hall