Natural selection

by Webmaster, 2nd February 2021

Join Shropshire Wildlife Trust in an online talk about Darwin’s Shrewsbury gardens

Shropshire’s most famous son, Charles Darwin, discovered his love of nature within the gardens of his home in Shrewsbury. The familiar lawns, trees and flowers no doubt provided a sanctuary to come back to from his explorations around the world, such as his famous five-year trip on HMS Beagle where he developed most of his theories. 

A true Shropshire lad, baby Charles was baptised in November 1809 in the Anglican St Chad’s Church, but with his siblings he then attended the Unitarian chapel with their mother.

The eight-year-old Charles already had a taste for natural history and collecting when he joined the day school, run by its preacher. His education continued when he joined his older brother Erasmus as a boarder at Shrewsbury School.

His theories on natural selection and evolution, revealed in his famous book, Origin of the Species, may have faced some criticism at the time, but are now widely accepted.

Now you can find out more about this fascinating man’s work and life in an online talk by Sharon Leach, who literally lived in Darwin’s garden for many years. She makes a very personal exploration of the influence living in Shrewsbury had on their most famous son. 

Hosted by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust and the custodians of Darwin's Childhood Garden Nature Reserve, the meeting costs £3 and will be staged via Zoom, on the 17th February at 7.30pm. For tickets, click here

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