A bird by any other name

ISLAND natural history, combined with tradition and culture, forms the focus of Tristan ap Rheinallt’s talk in An Lanntair, Tuesday, March 22.

Forming part of the Islands Book Trust 2011 programme, ap Rheinallt’s talk focuses in particluar on birds and their names, as collected by the celebrated folklorist Alexander Carmichael.

On his travels throughout the Hebrides in the late 19th century, Carmichael collected many Gaelic bird names, although the accuracy of these and his interpretation of them is nowadays called into question.

Author of the recent book on the subject – Obair gun duais (A Thankless Task) – Dr ap Rheinallt is well-qualified to discuss this as an ornithologist and a Gaelic scholar.

The illustrated talk, which starts at 7.30pm in the Community Room, will be primarily in Gaelic, but English summaries will be given throughout.

Entry for Trust members will be £3, and £5 for non-members.