Nature at the Fringe?

Calling all you nature-lovers out there – we’re in for a right treat next week, courtesy of our feathered friends at the RSPB!

Beginning next Thursday is series of exciting, thought-provoking and deeply moving accounts of environmental issues affecting both the UK’s and tropical birdlife and how we can help.

Bags of Trouble kicks off this fascinating season by giving us a unique look into the RSPB’s exploration of marine life and the devastating effect plastic pollution has on our seas and coastlines.

Tragically nowadays almost every seabird in the world has waste plastic inside it – eating it thinking it’s food. The plastic then becomes lodged in their intestines leading to death by starvation. Award-winning artist Lou McCurdy will also be exhibiting his sculptures made entirely from plastic waste found on Brighton beach.

Raptor Factor next Friday will provide birds of prey fans with a real night to remember with rather special windows into the world of these majestic creatures.

In addition to Peregrine nestcam footage and a wildlife crime investigation expert’s moving account of the persecution these poor birds face and the many ways the RSPB helps bring offenders to justice; there’s a screening of the award-winning The Eagle Has Landed – Bill Oddie’s breath-taking film documenting how ospreys, red kites and sea eagles were brought back from the brink of extinction.

Next Saturday’s The Tale of Sumatra examines the devastating effects of deforestation of the Sumatran rainforest in Indonesia – some of the most wildlife-rich habitat on earth. Covering just 1 per cent of the world’s land area it supports one sixth of the world’s birds, many found nowhere else, such as the Rufous-collared kingfisher (below).

The RSPB works closely with indigenous forest people, whose way of life is also threatened by deforestation, to change the future of rainforest conservation throughout the world. Alistair Gamell will tell the amazing tale of Sumatra, and discuss the impact bio fuel and palm oil demand is having on our world’s rainforests.

Every Fringe-weekend you’ll also have a chance to go on a torch-lit Victorian tour of the Booth Museum and trace the history of nature conservation.
The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. Nature is amazing – help us keep it that way.

Thurs May 8: Bags of Trouble: After-hours marine special at Brighton’s Sealife Centre, 7pm

Friday May 9: Raptor Factor: Birds of prey at the Old Court Room, 7pm
 
Saturday May 10: The Tale of Sumatra at the Old Court Room, 6pm

Every May weekend: Torch-lit tours of the Booth Museum.

Entry for each event is a suggested donation of £5 on the night. Please call 01273 709709 or visit www.brightondome.org to book.

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