Inspirational Environmentalist to speak at Trust Discovery Day

Thursday 2nd November 2017

Inspirational British environmentalist Tony Juniper will be special guest speaker at Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s 2017 Discovery Day which has a distinctly sustainable accent to it, on Saturday 25th November at the Royal Cornwall Showground.

Event details:
• Full title of event: Discovery Day 2017
• Date and time of event: Saturday 25th November 2016 10.00am to 3.00pm
• Where to meet: Royal Cornwall Showground, Pavilion Centre, Wadebridge PL27 7JE.
• Cost of event: £15

Tony Juniper, President of The Wildlife Trusts, is a celebrated campaigner, author, and sustainability advisor. For over 25 years he has worked for change towards a more sustainable society at local, national and international level. From providing ecology and conservation experiences for primary school children, making the case for new recycling laws, to orchestrating international campaigns for action on rainforests and climate change, his work has sought change at many levels.

His talk for the Trust’s Discovery Day, entitled ‘What Nature Does for Britain’ will illustrate how healthy ecosystems and wildlife are essential for our well-being, health, and security. He will be drawing upon local examples and the important conservation work carried out by Cornwall’s leading wildlife charity.

Tony Juniper frequently speaks on environmental and sustainability issues. He is also a celebrated writer and contributes material on ecological subjects to a wide range of publications. His book ‘What has Nature ever done for us?’ was published in 2013 and with many favorable reviews became a best-seller. The title won several awards including gold in the US Independent Publishers’ 2013 Living Now Book Awards. The sequel ‘What Nature Does for Britain’ from which he will draw for his talk for the Trust was published in 2015. ‘What is really happening to our planet?’ was published in 2016 and this year saw his Ladybird Expert Guide to Climate Change which was co-authored with HRH the Prince of Wales and polar scientist Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE.

Joining Tony on this day of engaging wildlife talks will be members of Cornwall Wildlife Trust staff giving presentations on the charity’s latest work and projects.

The Trust’s Upstream Thinking Team will present ‘Soil, water, and wildlife – working with Cornwall’s landowners’ which will illustrate how working with farmers and landowners to reduce pollution and costs can also be of great benefit to wildlife and habitat.

‘Sustainable Cornish Seas’ is the title of Marine Awareness Officer’s talk which will highlight the success of the ground-breaking Cornwall Good Seafood Guide and explain how this unique project brings the Trust closer to their vision of ‘healthy seas supporting productive and sustainable fisheries’

Cornwall Wildlife Trust increasingly works with local businesses and ‘Partnerships working for wildlife’ by Penhale Dunes Ranger Jon Cripps will show how working with large-scale accommodation providers around a Special Area of Conservation can be well managed for the benefit of wildlife and increase awareness of the importance of Cornwall’s nature and wild places amongst the ever-growing army of summer visitors to the county.

As an added bonus to the day, there will be a special video update from Cornwall’s new beavers as Cheryl Marriott, Head of Conservation presents the story so far since the Trust along with Woodland Valley brought beavers back to Cornwall for the first time in 400 years. These engineers of nature have already been busy creating new and wildlife habitat and cleaner water in their new home!

Bookings for Discovery Day can be made online at www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/discovery or by cheque payable to Cornwall Wildlife Trust and posted to Carolyn O’Hagan, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Five Acres, Truro, Cornwall, TR4 9DJ. Enquiries call (01872) 273939. Bookings should be made no later than Wednesday 22nd November.