While Dippy sleeps in his gallery upstairs, come along to the lecture theatre to hear wildlife experts give a series of talks on the following evenings.
- Admission is free
- Booking is not required
- Talks start promptly at 7.30pm
- Lectures in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ornithologists’ Club (NIOC), Belfast Naturalists' Field Club (BNFC) and Belfast Geologists' Society (BGS)
NIOC: Biodiversity – why does it matter?
Richard is Head of Biodiversity and Conservation Science with the NIEA. While concentrating on local issues, he will also cover the importance of Biodiversity in an International context.
BNFC: Marooned Species
Dr Brian Nelson, National Parks and Wildlife Service
Ireland may not have snakes or moles, but there a surprising number of invertebrates that we do have here that are not found in Britain. How did they get here and why are they missing from our nearest island neighbour?
NIOC: Lough Neagh Eels - The History of Lough Neagh Fishermans Co-operative
Pat Close, the Chairman/CEO of the fishery, will explain the complex life cycle of the Lough Neagh Eel and the importance of its conservation.
NIOC: Cornwall’s Hidden Wildlife Gems
Hannah is an accomplished zoologist and wildlife filmmaker with a love for creative natural history story-telling. She has worked with Springwatch and the Back the Blue Belt Marine Campaign.
BNFC: Why Ireland has (almost) no Dinosaurs
Dr Mike Simms, National Museums Northern Ireland
Ireland has almost no dinosaur fossils? Were they banished long ago by St Patrick, or is there a more rational explanation? (Not suitable for children)
BGS: Ireland’s Lost Monsters
Nigel Monaghan. Keeper of Natural Sciences, National Museum of Ireland
Nigel has spent many years in pursuit of the remains of some of our ‘lost monsters’, extinct animals such as Woolly Mammoth, Giant Deer and Brown Bear.
NIOC: Dippy and other Dinosaurs and Birds
Dr Patrick J Orr, UCD School of Earth Sciences
A talk about dinosaurs and birds to celebrate Dippy’s visit to the Ulster Museum.
NIOC: Birds of Inishboffin
Over the years, Anthony has spent many weeks on Inishboffin, an island off the west coast of Ireland. This year he aims to spend the most of October there. Come and hear how he fared.
BNFC: Praeger’s Island
Dr Matthew Jebb. National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Robert Lloyd Praeger, from Holywood, Co. Down, is our most famous naturalist, author of best-selling books and nature travelogues about Ireland, and the mastermind behind the world’s first ‘island biodiversity survey’.