The Vulture Series

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 11


12:30–13:30 Wednesday 1 March 2017


This lecture series will bring together two vulture experts.

Dr Campbell Murn FLS is Head of Conservation and Research at the Hawk Conservancy Trust, and a core member of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group. His talk, Vultures in African Landscapes, will uncover why vultures are key species in the ecosystems where they occur. Apart from consuming more dead animals than other scavengers, they are also dedicated parents, social and gregarious, extremely fussy about being clean, and extraordinarily graceful on the wing. Campbell explores their adaptations, place in human history and the many threats they face in the modern world.

Vultures throughout the world have been greatly harmed by the activities of man. Before becoming a painter and designer, Nigel Hughes FLS was the National Trust’s land agent in Northern Ireland. Major themes for his paintings have been the Cracidae and the Cathartidae families, both from a conservationist standpoint. Nigel Hughes studied all of them in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Mexico, Guatemala, Perú, California and Kansas. New World Vultures will take you on a journey across the American continent, from Cape Horn to the Great Lakes.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is not necessary. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Tea and coffee will be served in the Library following the event.

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