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A Wild Night In With Naturalist Mark Cocker - One Midsummer's Day: Swifts

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Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust have another excellent online talk coming up on Thursday. Here's some details:




Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust are delighted to host A Wild Night In with Mark Cocker, naturalist and widely acclaimed author, on Thursday 18th April, 7pm, on Zoom.


With the imminent arrival of swifts, Mark will be talking about his book, One Midsummer’s Day: Swifts and the Story of Life on Earth.


Swifts are among the most extraordinary of all birds. Their migrations span national borders and continents alike. While they may nest in our homes, their lives pass over our heads and no creature is more wreathed in mystery.


One Midsummer’s Day is about much more than one bird. Swifts serve as a prism through which Mark Cocker examines and celebrates the deep interconnections that span the whole biosphere. From the deep-sea thermal vents where life was born, to the 15 million degrees at the core of our Sun, he shows that life is a singular and glorious continuum.


The book has been shortlisted for the Richard Jefferies Prize and was described by author Horatio Clare as a ‘beautiful, brilliant, mind-stretching and soul-flying book. Genius’.


About the author


Mark Cocker is a widely acclaimed author of creative non-fiction and naturalist who writes and broadcasts on wildlife in a variety of national media.

His new book One Midsummer’s Day: Swifts and the Story of Life on Earth (Cape), is both a portrait of a favourite bird and a celebration of the interconnectedness of all life.

He has contributed to the Guardian country diary for 35 years. His 12 other books include biography, history, literary criticism and memoir. A Claxton Diary: Further Field Notes from a Small Planet (2019) won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award and Crow Country was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and won the New Angle Prize (2009).


Tickets are £3 suggested donation and must be booked in advance, here.


From Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust: "Thank you so much for your kind donations to attend this event. As a charity your support really does make a difference. From protecting wildlife, to helping people connect with nature and each other, every contribution helps."





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Email from The Wildlife Trust



Good afternoon,

Thank you so much for attending our Wild Night in with Mark Cocker last night. 

If you weren't able to attend or would like to watch the talk again at your own leisure, please find a link to the recording here: https://youtu.be/c_cLNr5fnuc.

We would love to know your feedback about the event, if you have 2 minutes spare, please fill out our short feedback survey, so that we can continue to improve our events.

A special thank you to all of our wonderful members who make these events possible.

Our next Wild Night In is on Thursday 16th May with Jonathan Drori, who will be talking about the fascinating lives of plants.

We hope to see you again soon. Have a great weekend!

Kindest regards,

Rebecca Healy

Membership and Fundraising Officer

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