This page makes available films and transcripts of key presentations from New Networks for Nature events, along with recordings by presenters.


Debate: The Real Value of Nature
Featuring George Monbiot and Tony Juniper

Chaired by Jeremy Mynott

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:


Connecting with nature through places
John Aitchison

For more than twenty years I have lived by the sea in Scotland. My children have grown up with otters as their neighbours and, more recently, with re-introduced white tailed eagles too. They’re as pleased to see them as when they bump into their friends, which is just as it should be. It’s a place we feel we belong. (more…)

The Loss of Nature and The Nature of Loss
Michael McCarthy

We are gathered here to explore and celebrate the presence in our lives of other living things, particularly birds, which inform and nourish our imaginations, and inspire us, and to affirm their importance for our culture as a whole, in an undertaking which I am sure everyone here considers timely, relevant, necessary and utterly worthwhile. Yet at the risk of seeming perverse right at the outset, I feel it is necessary to point out that what we may have to deal with, increasingly, is not their presence in our lives, but their disappearance. (more…)


Ruth Padel reads ‘Time To Fly’, a poem on migration from her collection The Mara Crossing:

Katrina Porteous reads an excerpt from ‘The Wund an' the Wetter’:

Hanna Tuulikki sings ‘Songthrush’, from Nalle's Wilder Shores of Love: