Historically often considered as worthless morasses, peat bogs cover three per cent of the world’s land surface. They are unique records of history and today they are recognised as beautiful habitats providing environmental benefits from biodiversity to climate regulation. However, they are threatened by drainage, land reclamation for agriculture and peat cutting for fuel, which has significantly reduced the extent and condition of these ecosystems on a global scale. Transforming the management of wetland, peatland and waterlogged sites is crucial. Henry Chapman is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Birmingham and is a regular guest on archaeological programmes including C4’s Time Team.
A conversation with two outstanding nature writers. Although common, moles are mysterious: their habits are inscrutable, they are anatomically bizarre and they live completely alone. Marc Hamer has come closer to them than most, through both his long working life out in the Welsh countryside and his experiences of rural homelessness as a boy, sleeping in hedgerows. In How to Catch a Mole: And Find Yourself in Nature, Hamer tells his story and explores what moles, and a life in nature, can tell us about our own humanity and our search for contentment. Barrie’s Incredible Journeys shines a light on the astounding navigational skills of animals of every stripe. Dung beetles steer by the light of the Milky Way. Ants and bees navigate using patterns of light invisible to humans. Sea turtles, spiny lobsters and moths find their way using the Earth’s magnetic field. Salmon return to their birthplace by following their noses and birds can locate their nests on a tiny island after crisscrossing an entire ocean. Corrigan is a journalist and travel writer.
An energetic poetry show celebrating the shortlist for CLiPPA 2019. Join poet and 2019 CLiPPA Chair of Judges AF Harrold, 2018 CLiPPA shortlisted poet Ruth Awolola and previous CLiPPA winner Rachel Rooney for a conversation about the magic and power of poetry for all - and hear more about this year's shortlist. Former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell will live illustrate throughout.Photo: Ellie Kurttz
The two geologists from the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge University follow the footprints of fearsome beasts from Britain’s deep past. Throughout its ancient history, the UK has been home to many amazing creatures that are now long extinct. From dinosaurs to giant millipedes, discover how these animals shaped the land around them and what secrets are held within their prehistoric footprints.
Julia Carabias, a biologist and ecologist, is one of the country’s foremost authorities on environmental conservation policies. Environmental Secretary from 1994 to 2000, Carabias lectures at UNAM and is the director of Natura Mexicana, an NGO that carries out conservation programmes in the Lacandona Jungle and surrounding areas. He will talk to Gabrielle Walker about his work as an ecologist and the environmental challenges facing Mexico.
The publisher of one of the world’s most important newspapers, The New York Times, is also the author of Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong With the Language of Politics?, a book that looks at how the political, social, technological and economic changes of recent decades have forever changed the way in which we analyse reality. In conversation with Jon Lee Anderson.