Get your tickets now for our Patrick Barkham talk on 17 November: Sunshine and Shade – Butterflies and Badgers in Britain Today

We are delighted to have persuaded Guardian natural history writer and author Patrick Barkham to give us a talk, which will be one of Thomas Hardye School’s Community Lectures.

Author of ‘The Butterfly Isles’, Patrick set out to see all of our 59 native species of butterfly, and his book tells of a memorable year travelling to all corners of the countryside seeking out butterflies and the enthusiasts who cherish them.

He will talk about the wonder of butterflies: beautiful creatures and also surprisingly complicated indicators of the state of nature today.

Richard Mabey described his book as: ‘Beguiling … in a vivid, adept, unapologetic voice, Barkham wonderfully catches the spirit of these ethereal creatures’.

He has also written ‘Badgerlands: the twilight world of Britain’s most enigmatic animal’. In the talk he will look at the facinating history of badgers and their interactions with humans, from ‘Wind in the Willows’ to the recent cull.

‘Badgerlands’ was chosen as a Book of the Year in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian and the New Statesman.

This is a Community Lecture in aid of the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation and of the local Primary schools’ science fund.

7.00 pm at the School Theatre, Thomas Hardye School, Queens Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2ET.

Tickets are free, with a collection at the end of the evening. Tickets can be collected from the school from November 4 onwards, or we can post them to you if you send a stamped addressed envelope to: Nigel Spring, 346 Mundens Lane Alveston, Sherborne, DT9 5HU. These Community Lectures are often full, so please do not rely on picking up a ticket on the door.

More details are on the Thomas Hardye School website: http://tinyurl.com/ndpoja8

Contact: Butterfly Conservation contact is Nigel Spring
Phone: 01963 23559 or 07981 776767
Email: [email protected]

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