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New Networks for Nature. Nature Matters: a sense of scale
Stamford Arts Centre
Stamford United Kingdom
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New Networks for Nature. Nature Matters: a sense of scale
In this, the sixth New Networks for Nature meeting, we explore a sense of scale. From local to global, micro to macro, amateur to professional, short- to long-term, historic to contemporary, we hope to bring alive a sense of how the extraordinary diversity of nature is echoed in the ways in which a broad alliance of creators (including poets, authors, scientists, film makers, visual artists, environmentalists, musicians and composers)
has responded to the nature that surrounds them.

Thursday 13th November 6.30pm  9.30pm (Stamford Arts Centre)
Richard Mabey 'in conversation' with Tim Dee. An exploration of the ways in which we engage with the natural world, examining how these are influenced by the values and perceptions of society.

Friday 14th November  08.30 arrival for 09.30am start
Session 1: A Question of Scale (10.00  11.00)
We have a problem with scale, favouring creatures, landscapes and processes that best match the scale at which our senses work. Hence, we generally favour birds and mammals over microbes and mosses. This session addresses our problem with scale by examining these three contrasting topics.
Tim Dee  Four Fields; Oliver Burke  Landscape scale conservation; Debbie Pain (WWT)  Conservation across borders  Spoon-billed Sandpipers

Session 2: Natural capital: nature conservation and the global economy (11.45  13.00)
A Question Time panel, Chaired by Andy Clements (CEO, British Trust for Ornithology)
Globalisation has profound implications for nature conservation and our interactions with the natural world. It also has the potential to structure policy, support local conservation efforts and increase awareness of issues, species and landscapes. With questions from the floor, our panel will offer comment and perspectives from their experience. Panel includes: Baroness Young (Former CEO of the Environment Agency and the RSPB;
Bill Sutherland (Miriam Rothschild Professor of Conservation Biology, University of Cambridge); Juliet Vickery (Head of International Research at RSPB).

Session 3: All at Sea (14.30  15.30)
The oceans are one key to life on this planet, yet our knowledge and experience of them lags behind that of the terrestrial world. This session explores our relationship with the sea and its fauna.
Callum Roberts  Bountiful Oceans? Human impacts on marine ecosystems; Philip Hoare  The Sea Inside

Session 4: Planet Birdsong (16.1517.30)
A celebration of the role of birdsong in creating music, film and education, and of the opportunities it provides to inspire people, particularly children, of the delights of listening.
Peter Cowdrey & Liz Cowdrey; Rosie Johnston; James de Winter.

Saturday 15th November  09.00 arrival for 09.30am start
Session 5: Blooming Marvellous (10.00  11.00)
Plants often provide the backdrop to our engagement with the natural world rather than the focus for our activities. In this session our three speakers explore plants (and the insects that pollinate them) and their role in our lives.
Rosamund Richardson  Richard Jefferies and the metaphysics of wild flowers; Dave Goulson  A sting in the tale; Paul Evans  Herbaceous

Session 6: Country Diarists (11.30 13.00) Chaired by Martin Wainwright
Since 1906, the Guardian's Country Diary has provided readers with a brief and brilliant look at nature every morning. A panel chaired by the Guardian's former northern editor brings together the diarists, Mark Cocker and Derek Niemann, and former editor, Celia Locks, to reflect on the delights, challenges, and meaning of repeatedly returning to a single special place as a source of inspiration.

Session 7: Flights of Fancy (14.15  15.15)
The written word has long been used to stretch the boundaries of our views of the natural world and to take us to places far removed from the narrow focus of our daily lives. Three authors explore some literary perceptions of the natural world, through their own writings.
Helen Macdonald  Reading from H is for Hawk; Michelle Remblance  Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner  All this 'Pother about a Bird; Michael Warren  Illuminating the Ornithological 'Dark Ages'

Session 8: Edge (15.15  16.00) Introduced by Chris Hudson
A sound-journey of words and computer music, by Katrina Porteous and Peter Zinovieff, which uses sound data collected from the solar system and explores the themes of chaos and the cosmos through science and art.


Stamford Arts Centre
27 St Mary's Street
Stamford PE9 2DL
United Kingdom


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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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