Join the Royal Parks in a series of FREE 'Winter Warmer' online talks aimed at bringing a little light, community and learning to you during those long winter nights!
From November through to March we will explore a variety of topics from hidden parts of the parks, learning more about some of the fantastic wildlife within the parks, and how the parks can benefit your health and wellbeing.
Our ‘Winter Warmer’ online talks are free to join but please consider making a £5 donation to support our organisation. The Royal Parks is a charity that supports 5,000 acres of green space in London for 77 million visitors each year. Your support makes all the difference.
Our online talks are presented via Microsoft Teams and you will need a Microsoft account in order to access them.
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Hidden Parks: Tales from the Catacombs of Brompton Cemetery
Thursday 9th December (6:30pm-7:30pm)
Catacombs. Hugely intimate, poignant and reflective places that were only ever seen by a very limited number of people. Today, those who lie on the shelves or in loculi are as enigmatic as they are unknown. Who were these people? Why did they choose a catacomb? What can their coffins tell us about how they lived? Following on from his video series in October, Sheldon Goodman highlights further lives from the vaults and reflects on how to interpret and research a history that is right in front of you.
Starling Song: Murmurations of Meaning
Wednesday 12th January 2022 (6:30pm -7:30pm)
Starlings are one of the UK’s most gregarious birds, with a strong reputation for its dazzling displays of avian behaviour, the murmuration. Despite being one of the most common garden birds, there has been a decline in numbers over the years. They are on the UK red list of birds of conservation concern.
Join Rachel Dowse, Royal Parks volunteer officer and friend of the starlings, as she examines our long history with this bird and the importance of common species to our lives. She will explore the great murmuration and why we need to pay special attention to these beauties before it's too late.
Wellbeing in the Parks
Monday 17th January 2022 (6:30pm -7:30pm)
As 2022 begins, reflect on how nature may have helped you during the turbulence of the past few years. Join Laura, our Community Learning Officer, as she says goodbye to 'Blue Monday' and highlights different ways to make the most of the parks and use them to give you a mental and physical boost, especially on those cold, dark days. Laura will also touch on how the parks have benefitted her own personal mental health and overall wellbeing.
Deadwood to Dung: The Beetles of the Royal Parks
Tuesday 1st February 2022 (6:30pm-7:30pm)
Join passionate entomologist Connor as he delves into the various and wonderful beetles we have living in the Royal Parks. Beetles are ingrained in folklore and have featured in art and culture throughout our past. But the types of beetle that we find in our parks today can also tell us about the history of the land. Find out why Connor's been searching for dung beetles outside Buckingham Palace, and explore some of the weird beetle folklores passed down throughout history.
All About Butterflies
Tuesday 8th February 2022 (6:30pm-7:30pm)
Did you know that butterfly wings are actually transparent? or that butterflies taste with their feet?
Join May in this fascinating talk and explore the hidden world of butterflies. From migration to mimicry, we will uncover the intricate world of butterflies and their important role in our ecosystems.
Monday 28th February 2022 (6:30pm-7:30pm)
Join May, Mission: Invertebrate Partnership and Community Engagement Officer, for this passionate and engaging talk about the marvellous moths we have in the Royal Parks. Moths are often misunderstood creatures but they play a vital role in our ecosystem. From pollination to indicating a warming climate, moths are hugely diverse and make up a large proportion of insect species on this planet. Learn to love them during this talk and prepare to be bamboozled by their beauty and intricate life cycle.