Theme: The Story of Our Planet

Grab your binoculars and join a bird watching session, take part in a guided nature walk or find out how you can recycle more.

What's on

Sun
18
Jun

Where the Wild Things Were: How Cheap Meat Drives Extinction

Today many animals face extinction and it’s not only climate change and habitat destruction which are to blame. Join author Philip Lymbery as he explains how the impact of consumer demand for cheap meat is equally devastating. He will explore why it is vital that we confront this problem if we are to stand a chance of reducing its effect on the world around us.

Sat
17
Jun

Beginnings of Life: Campus wildlife tour

Join us for a guided tour of the University of York’s Campus East and hear the story of its development for wildlife since its beginnings in 2008. Learn about – and hopefully see - the many plants and animals that now call this their home. The walk is led by Gordon Eastham, the University’s Grounds Maintenance Manager, and Rachel Pateman, a researcher in biodiversity.

Sat
17
Jun

Wastebusters’ Fest

Ever wondered what happens to your rubbish and whether it’s worth your effort to recycle? Come along to a day of fun, family-friendly activities redefining what waste is and what to do with it.

Tue
13
Jun

Volcanoes and their Health Hazards

The effects of volcanic eruptions such as Vesuvius in AD79, which destroyed Pompeii and, more recently, Eyjafjallajökull’s disruption of global air travel are well established – but how much do we know about the healthcare risks and hazards for the people who live in the shadow of volcanoes?

Tue
13
Jun

One Planet York: A liveable city (Expo)

Find out more about York’s journey at the One Planet York Expo, featuring practical example of local leadership.

Tue
13
Jun

One Planet York: A liveable city (Talk)

Typically in the UK we use the resources of three planets when we only have one. Explore with us York’s progress to a more sustainable and resilient ‘One Planet’ future and chart the course of the journey ahead.

Sat
10
Jun

Flying High! A Birding Triple Bill

Put on your walking shoes, bring your binoculars if you have them and enjoy a unique birding triple bill. Join poet and performer Anneliese Emmans Dean for a journey through the bird year in laughter, rhythm and rhyme, followed by a chance to take a look at her new book Flying High!

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