Science on Sundays – Raising a brood in the Botanic Garden: The trials and tribulations of blue tits and great tits

Dr Julia Mackenzie, Anglia Ruskin University - pre-recorded talk

The breeding success of blue tits and great tits has been studied for over 15 years in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden by scientists from Anglia Ruskin University. The Garden, being full of trees and plants appears to be a great place to raise a brood of chicks, but all is not as it seems. The parent birds often struggle to find the caterpillar food needed by their nestlings, lay fewer eggs and have fewer young fledge the nest when compared to their woodland counterparts.

Spring Bingo

To join in the fun, simply pick up your free bingo sheet on your way into the Garden. Get hunting for different springtime sights and claim your prize at the end. The bingo includes lots of amazing springtime plants and animals, including the brightly coloured Brimstone butterfly, beautiful cherry blossoms and the elusive Purple Toothwort plant.

Entry tickets are limited, and must be purchased in advance of your visit.

Science on Sundays – Planting trees to save the planet: greenwashing or golden opportunity?

Prof David Coomes, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

The UK’s woodlands store 1.1 billion tonnes of carbon and act as a "net carbon sink" that currently removes 5% of the country’s CO2 emissions from the atmosphere.  However, we are one of Europe's least wooded countries and the carbon sink is gradually declining over time.  The government's response is to establish over 30,000 hectares of new woodlands per year by 2025, providing a nature-based solution to the climate crisis whilst benefitting biodiversity and human wellbeing.

Feather your Nest


Crafting materials at the ready – join us in an online craft club as we create nests together using different techniques, and find out from expert Dr Jenny York how different species of birds create their nests. Share your creations with us after the event! We will be using materials you can find at home, recycling materials where possible, to create a nest you could use as an Easter decoration. We will send information about materials and equipment as well as joining instructions when you book.

This event is suitable for ages 8+