12 September - 13 September 2020
Moth Magic Talk
To coincide with Sarah Gillespie: Moth exhibition opening 2pm – 5pm
Saturday 12 September at 3pm
Author and naturalist Mark Cocker explores the magical world of moths. They are among the most widespread, diverse and beautiful animals in Britain, yet these insects are also some of the least known and most misunderstood. It is still widely thought that all of them eat clothes. In fact, it is the work of just one variety, when there are another 2,400 species in this country. Not only are most moths harmless, they are essential to our natural world. Accompanied by many beautiful images, the talk will sift fact from fiction and celebrate nocturnal creatures that live all around us – even in the smallest of our gardens – but remain a source of great mystery.
More Moth Magic… walk
Sunday 13 September 9am start
In the morning (Sunday 13 September) we examine a trap of live moths to see in intimate detail their beauty and their extraordinary behaviours. We will then take a short walk around Kestle Barton to look at how moths help shape the world around, through pollinating our plants, feeding the contents of our bird nest boxes or allowing our ancestors to make their shoes!
Mark Cocker is an author of creative non-fiction, who writes and broadcasts on nature and wildlife in a variety of national media.
In 2018 he completed 30 years as a country diarist for The Guardian and Guardian Weekly and has now written well over 1,000 articles for both papers. His twelve books include works of biography, history, literary criticism and memoir. They include Our Place (Cape, 2018), on the fate of British nature in the twentieth century, which was shortlisted for the Thwaites Wainwright and the Richard Jefferies Prizes.
Between them his last four works have been shortlisted for nine awards. Crow Country won the New Angle Prize in 2009 and A Claxton Diary won the East Anglia Book Award in 2019.