Pilgrims who would like to stay overnight at this venue can book via our website
Everyone who has booked and paid for refreshments at the end of our journey will be leaving us at 6.30pm on Saturday evening, when our fun can continue.
This will include a supper with both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, entertainment to be announced, an overnight stay at the YHA, breakfast the following morning then:
9.30 - 10am - AT 'Year of the Amphibian' speaker Ryan Walker will tell us about Amphibian conservation in Madagascar and about mitigation work for Great Crested Newts closer to home.
10.15 - 11am - Dr Caitlin Kight– ‘Courtship display’ – Science writer and Behavioural Ecologist at University of Exeter.
During the breeding season and beyond, many animals use acoustic signals to both attract and hold the interest of mates. Using examples from across the animal kingdom, Caitlin will explore the diversity, function, and evolution of these noises. You'll never listen to nature in the same way again!
11.30 - 12.30 - Professor Judith Mank – ‘Sex Determination – Why so many ways of doing it?’
Judith Mank talks about the evolution of sex differences in animals. She wants to understand the diversity of sex determination - from the familiar X and Y chromosomes in humans, to temperature-dependent sex determination in reptiles, the development of males from unfertilized eggs in bees, and sequential hermaphroditic fish that switch from one sex to the other during their lives - and explain how it evolves so rapidly in animals.She also studies how the evolution of separate sexes leads to sexual selection and inevitable conflicts between males and females, some of which can be resolved and some of which we just have to live with.
Judith is Professor of Evolutionary and Comparative Biology at University College London, where she and her research group study the genetics of sex, sexual selection and sexual conflict in animals ranging from birds to fish to flies. For specific projects, please see our research page, or individual webpages of lab members.