Nature Matters 2016: In Touch with the Wild

12th July 2016

New Networks for Nature and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative are delighted to announce the eighth New Networks for Nature meeting, which is taking place from 22–24 September 2016 at the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge.

Since 2009 New Networks for Nature have organised a series of events designed to explore new perspectives in our cultural and creative responses to birds, nature and wildlife, and to challenge certain narrowly defined but prevailing views on the environment. The meetings draw together a wide cross-section of individuals and institutions, whose professional work and private lives draw inspiration from the natural world.


Nature Matters 2016: In Touch with the Wild explores how we connect with the natural world. The emphasis is on personal connection, loss and hope, through which we examine how the changing nature of the natural world challenges us to find new ways for engagement.

The diverse programme includes a chaired conversation, a debate, poetry, music, breakout sessions and workshops. A final session on the Saturday focused on hope will welcome Sir David Attenborough to say a few words about his hopes for the future and about the ways in which we need to connect with the natural world if we are to realise our ambitions.

The full programme, including details of the speakers and performers, is available to download from the New Networks for Nature website.


Tickets are available to book now.

  • Thursday evening only £10
  • Day ticket Friday £45*
  • Day ticket Saturday £45*
  • Two-day ticket (Friday and Saturday) £80*
  • Three-day ticket (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) £90*

* includes refreshments (tea/coffee/lunch)

To book, please visit the New Networks for Nature website.

Dinner at Queens’ College, Friday 23 September

A two course dinner will be held on Friday 23 September, 19.30 – 22.30 at the Old Hall at Queens’ College, for any guests wishing to join.

The cost is £35 per person, and the dinner can be booked via the New Networks for Nature website.


A number of rooms at Queens’ College for the nights have been secured for the nights of 22 and 23 September, should you wish to book accommodation there. The cost is £73.25 per night, or £147.50 for two nights.

Room bookings need to be made via the college, using the following web link and the promotional code KX11902: