WHAT The Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature WHEN Friday 2 December, 7 to 8pm WHERE Great North Museum, Hancock, Newcastle
With over 30 years of research behind him into the battle between cuckoos and their hosts, Professor Nick Davies of the University of Cambridge provides a fascinating insight into this remarkable and somewhat bizarre behaviour. “The sight of a little warbler or pipit feeding an enormous cuckoo chick is astonishing,” he says. “Why are the hosts apparently so stupid?” Nick will be answering this question in his illustrated talk, discussing the evolutionary arms race between host defences and cuckoo trickery. The talk is free to members of the Natural History Society of Northumbria, and there is a £3 suggested donation for others.
Nick is the author of Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature (Bloomsbury, £16.99): http://bit.ly/2eQh2fO