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The Leicester Literary and Leicester Philosophical Society, locally known as the Lit. and Phil., was founded in 1835.

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The “Lit & Phil” organises an annual series of lectures and discussions, usually held in the Leicester New Walk Museum, for the advancement of education in Literature, Science and Art.  It publishes reports, papers and proceedings and supports the museum.  There are also Natural History and Geology Sections, which organise further events.

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Our next lecture: Cuckoo Cheating By Nature

Professor Nick Davies, FRS

The Natural History section joint lecture with the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society on the 5th March will feature Professor Nick Davies FRS and his studies on the interactions between cuckoos and their hosts.

Nick Davies is professor of Behavioural Ecology, University of Cambridge and was elected to the Royal Society in 1994. He has also received a number of awards in recognition of his work, including the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Medal in 1996, the Frink Medal of the Zoological Society of London in 2001, and the Croonian Medal and Lecture.

He will show how field observations and experiments reveal a continuing evolutionary arms race leading to cuckoo trickery which includes different guises in female cuckoos the forgery of host eggs and the manipulative begging by the cuckoo chicks.   The sound of the cuckoo (if we are lucky to hear it) may be a welcome sound of Spring but for many birds it is a sign of doom.

Professor Davies has appeared on many BBC Radio 4 programmes, including The Life Scientific with Jim al-Khalili.

The lecture is open to visitors at £3 per person and starts at 7.30 pm at New Walk Museum.