What Nature Does For Britain

Friday 6th March 2015

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Brilliant new book draws on the work of The Wildlife Trusts across the UK

A new book by Tony Juniper, What Nature Does for Britain, takes a fascinating journey through Britain and powerfully illustrates how we all need nature – for our health, wealth and security. He explores how nature makes us happy, helps us to feel better and is good for business too.

The book also looks at how the protection of natural habitats can also provide a cleaner, cheaper water supply; how healthy soils help purify water, reduce flooding and store carbon, thus combating climate change; and how food production in the UK remains fundamentally dependent on a thriving natural world.

In the book Tony visits people and places across Britain to illustrate the social and economic benefits of landscape and habitat restoration. The book includes many examples of The Wildlife Trusts’ work such as:

  • Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust’s Pumlumon Project where landscape restoration upstream seeks to reap flood defence benefits downstream
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Potteric Carr – a beautiful urban wildlife retreat on the edge of Doncaster, designed to store quantities of water and prevent local flooding
  • Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust’s awe-inspiring ospreys, eco-tourism and habitat creation with Anglian Water at Rutland Water
  • Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s peatland restoration near Manchester to create fabulous habitats and store carbon at Chat Moss and other bogs
  • The Wildlife Trust of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire’s Great Fen Project – an enormous initiative to bring back wetlands to the fen and capture vast amounts of carbon
  • Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust’s work to improve community greenspace, making it wilder and bringing social benefits to deprived and run-down housing estates

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts, says: "What Nature Does for Britain is a fact-packed challenge to any preconceptions that greens spend their lives complaining. There are positive alternatives and this book makes these very clear. What Nature Does for Britain provides great material for politicians, town planners, health workers and even the Treasury to justify taking into account the true value of wildlife and natural ecosystems. Tony Juniper illustrates the folly of short-term gain strategies which damage the natural world. The taxpayer is being landed with unnecessary bills now but it is the next generation that it will cost most dearly. I’m delighted that the author has chosen examples of The Wildlife Trusts’ work to illustrate the benefits of restoring our ecosystem for people’s happiness, health and for their purses.”


Tony Juniper is an independent sustainability and environment adviser, including as Special Advisor with The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and as a Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He is a founder member of Robertsbridge, an advisory group working with international companies on strategies for more sustainable business.

He speaks and writes on many aspects of sustainability and is the author of several books, including the bestselling What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? (also Profile Books), the award-winning Parrots of the World and How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take To Change A Planet? He was a co-author of the award-winning Harmony, with HRH The Prince of Wales and Ian Skelly.

Tony Juniper began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International. From 1990 he worked at Friends of the Earth and was the organisation's executive director from 2003-8 and was the Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2000-8. www.tonyjuniper.com @tonyjuniper.com