Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper


Tony Juniper CBE is the Chairman of the official nature conservation agency Natural England and a Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He is also the Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK. Before joining WWF in January 2018 Tony spent ten years working as an independent sustainability and environment advisor and writer, including as Special Advisor with the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and as co-founder of sustainability advisory group Robertsbridge.

He began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International. In 1990 he began a long period working at Friends of the Earth, initially leading the campaign for the tropical rainforests. After that, and following a period as campaigns director, he was from 2003-2008 the organization’s executive director. From 2000-2008 he was also Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International. Among Friends of the Earth’s many achievements during Juniper’s time with the organization was the success of the Big Ask campaign that called for a new law on climate change (leading to the 2008 Climate Change Act – the first legislation of its kind in the world).

On joining WWF, Tony remained a Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and President of the Wildlife Trusts. He speaks and writes widely on conservation and sustainability themes and is the author of many books, including the multi-award winning 2013 best-seller What has Nature ever done for us? His latest book, the Ladybird Book guide to Climate Change, co-authored with HRH The Prince of Wales and Emily Shuckburgh, was published in January 2017. His latest book, Rainforest – dispatches from Earth’s most vital frontlines, was published in April 2018.

Juniper was the first recipient of the Charles and Miriam Rothschild conservation medal (2009) and was awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth (2013). In 2017 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to conservation.

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Seems like we’ve come a long way since then (2015, so not that long ago). Many of the ideas we discussed that day are now policies back by laws, & increasingly actual work in progress, which is enormously encouraging.

A conversation with Tony Juniper on badgers, Natural England's research role, beavers, beef at COP, social media, trees, conservation as a social project, 'eating the view', and his 'sweet spot' part 2

A Qantas ‘green membership tier’? Way beyond greenwashing and into cynical, perverse corporate behaviour. This needs regulating out of existence very quickly. @paulgilding

My podcast with Natural England’s Chair covers a range of topics…from food strategy to lapwing conservation and early signs of hen harrier recovery in England

[pic of HH winter roost public hide on North Yorks moor] part 1

#ClimateChange is one of the top 5 direct drivers of #BiodiversityLoss🌡️🌿

These annual #WarmingRings reconstruct the Northern Hemisphere temperatures back into the 8th century, showing how exceptional recent decades are compared to the last millennium.

Via @thirstygecko

Exciting preliminary results presented by @MaxFerlauto at #EntSoc21 show that removing fallen leaves in autumn significantly reduces emergence of Lepidoptera in the following year in US gardens & forests. #LeaveTheLeaves @Kate_Bradbury @WLGForum

Access to green space is woefully poor for many of the people who need it most. This new tool 👇will help local authorities level up #natureconnection

Thinking big with @NE_WestAnglia @OliverHarmar @TonyJuniper at @CoLEppingForest - scale is vital - the attitude that saved #eppingforest in 19thC when 600acre offer refused & 6000acres won by yrs of effort by many. Need same efforts now for next decade from all parts of society

A fabulous afternoon with @NaturalEngland @NE_WestAnglia @TonyJuniper in @CoLEppingForest reviewing 20 yrs of #woodpasture restoration with ground-breaking management methods on an ancient site & looking forward to challenge of nature recovery in face of huge change

Great discussions today in Epping Forest with @TonyJuniper @OliverHarmar. We saw first hand the importance of tackling air pollution: delivery of #naturerecovery through conservation grazing; & how to connect people with nature on the urban edge.

Huge thnx to @CoLEppingForest!

I’m very much looking forward to joining this event this evening. Do join us on-line if you find yourself at at lose end. We are starting at 6.30.

Our Surrey Hills Symposium is tomorrow! Join us for an evening of inspirational speakers such as Chair of Natural England, Tony Juniper CBE, and author and BBC Broadcaster, Jim Al-Khalili.

Free tickets to join online still available, link in bio.


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An excellent day with the @NE_WestAnglia team to consider integrated approaches for the creation of Nature Recovery Networks. In the wake of the new Environment Act, the potential is huge. Inspiring to discuss this in the Autumn splendour of @CityCommons’ wonderful Epping Forest.

Very useful meeting in Cambridge today talking with @HeritageFundM_E about the nature recovery network and partnerships to achieve more for people, nature and places #TogetherforNature

#LocalNatureRecoveryStrategies are an exciting change in approach to #naturerecovery in #England and we're advertising for #localnaturerecovery #senioradvisers to take on this flagship work. Please follow the link for more information -

Love this time of year, 60k Pink-feet geese currently on the @HolkhamEstate National Nature Reserve

Beavers, Badgers, bankers, carbon, food, the role of social media, are trees always good, what’s the point of a multi-purpose Nature Recovery Network & can shooting help conservation? If you want to know where I’m coming from as Chair of @NaturalEngland then here are some clues.

With its transformative potential, what does the #EnvironmentAct mean for nature?

Our Chair @TonyJuniper discusses how we'll use the legislation and partnerships to deliver benefits for people and planet in our latest blog.

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#JobOpportunity ~ Senior Marine Ornithologist. We're looking for a seabird ecologist who can adapt to new challenges, has good project management & analytical skills, and ability to lead & support delivery of evidence Closes 20 Dec #Ornithology #Seabirds