About Us

New Networks for Nature brings together a broad alliance of individuals who in their personal and professional lives draw creative inspiration from the birds, wildlife and landscapes of this country. We seek to champion our national heritage and also to explore the different media through which it can be understood, represented and celebrated. The group includes writers, scientists, visual artists, musicians, conservationists and academics who meet:

  • to emphasise the sheer diversity of responses to the natural world and ways of placing value on it, beyond the narrowly econometric;
  • to challenge the low priority placed nationally and politically on these key cultural assets; and
  • to make productive links with other individuals and organizations with similar purposes.

New Networks for Nature is a wholly voluntary organization. Founded by Tim Birkhead, Mark Cocker, John Fanshawe and Jeremy Mynott in 2009, it is run by a steering group currently consisting of Carry Akroyd, Tim Birkhead, Mary Colwell, Jonathan Elphick, John Fanshawe, Matt Howard, Gill Kerby, Richard Kerridge, Harriet Mead, Jeremy Mynott, Derek Niemann, Kate Risely and Mike Toms.

In January 2016 New Networks for Nature became a registered charity, with the status of a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation). Our trustees are Tim Birkhead, John Fanshawe, Jeremy Mynott and Ruth Padel.

“It's not often you find yourself in a room full of such interesting new friends, with whom you have so much in common. I have rarely, if ever, met so many interesting people in so short a spell.”
   — John Aitchison, Film-maker and Author