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The natural history of Christmas

Apart from the pear tree in which sat the partridge, there are no plants in the 12 days of Christmas according to the folk song. Sadly, even that reference is erroneous, because partridges are ground dwelling birds. And yet at Christmas we are surrounded by plants. This talk by Accredited Lecturer Timothy Walker puts the record straight and rewrites the zoocentric song replacing partridges with poinsettias, and maids with mistletoe.


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Fascinating Thank you

S.Hakin Sat, 18/12/2021 - 15:47 Permalink

Masses of info delivered very drily. Never heard anyone speak up for plants as the underdogs of documentaries before but kind of true!

Kat Edwards Sat, 18/12/2021 - 15:18 Permalink

Brilliant lecture. Really informative. Lovely to focus on the references to plants during Christmas.

Anna Simonsen Sat, 18/12/2021 - 15:08 Permalink

This was an excellent talk which I really enjoyed.

Cheryl Kellaway Sat, 18/12/2021 - 13:28 Permalink

Fascinating, informative and witty talk which made me smile. Worth watching again, many thanks.

Gillian Mitchell Sat, 18/12/2021 - 10:54 Permalink

I really enjoyed this interesting and beautifully delivered talk!

Marianne Andrews Sat, 18/12/2021 - 10:42 Permalink

Loved this talk and especially Timothy’s sense of humour! Thank you.

Maureen Langston Sat, 18/12/2021 - 09:33 Permalink

A very interesting talk and such dry humour. More please from this presenter.

Linda Sat, 18/12/2021 - 08:33 Permalink

So interesting and informative. Will have to watch it again!

Anne Stott Sat, 18/12/2021 - 08:20 Permalink

Excellent presentation thank you

Jill Allan Sat, 18/12/2021 - 02:02 Permalink