Scientists from across the world gathered at the University of Lincoln’s Think Tank for the first ever scientific conference focussed on the construction and function of bird nests.

Running for three days from 10th September 2012 at the University of Lincoln, the conference was organised by Dr Charles Deeming from the University’s School of Life Sciences, a renowned academic expert on avian reproductive biology.

Dr Deeming said: “One aim of the conference is to develop research collaboration within the UK and with colleagues overseas that will expand our understanding of nest biology. It is really exciting to have such a wide range of scientists all together in one place to discuss how bird nests work. Despite our good understanding of eggs and their development, the roles that nests play in bird reproduction are only now being considered seriously.”

To hear Dr Deeming on BBC Radio Lincolnshire go to: at 2hrs 39 minutes.