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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"The importance of a healthy natural environment is now fully acknowledged for what it provides to our society.”

Learn from our Chair, @TonyJuniper on the significance of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund:

@HeritageFundUK #BuildBackGreener

Nature experience at its very best. It's mesmerising don't you think? 😌

Want to go? There are helpful timetables and guides on @Natures_Voice -> Please remember to experience Norfolk sustainably! #Norfolk #wash #experience #sustainabletourism 🌿🌍

Amazing. But Serengeti Shall Never Die! @SerengetiParkTz

“#Nature needs to be the front & centre in our response to the impact of the pandemic & to build more resilience for the future.”

@TonyJuniper @NaturalEngland on saving green spaces that helped us through lockdown & the new #GreenRecovery Challenge Fund:

Truly awe inspiring dawn birding at @Natures_Voice Snettisham this morning with @BSBIscience Towers of Knot spiralling up into the blue. Lovely to see @TonyJuniper @_AndyClements & meet @MirandaGomperts & @NeilBurgess081

It was a stunning spectacle that we enjoyed there this morning. Thanks for the suggestion.

Wonderful. Never, ever take this for granted. We are struggling to make sure such spectacles can be witnessed in other flyways throughout the world ...

Thanks. What a fantastic bird to see. Was speculating with a friend as to when they’d be around the east coast, & there it was a minute later. Great work you are doing.

No need to visit the Serengeti for a world level wildlife spectacle. Go to The Wash National Nature Reserve & see globally significant numbers of waders. This clip from @Natures_Voice Snettisham. Great to see @clare_pinches @NeilBurgess081 @_AndyClements & many more there

Day 1 of major @ChilternsCCC @NaturalEngland Chalk Grassland restoration project working with #farmercluster landowner & @Maydencroft to create scrub mosaic ready for fencing, water installation & cattle grazing. Key site, can’t wait until finished! 👏👏@natureHB for setting up

I’ve not been to this one before. It’s lovely. Our National Nature Reserves are total treasures that are there for everyone to enjoy. Find out where your nearest ones are, because everything is so much #betterwithnature, especially in these difficult times

Aaaaand we're off. Our keynote with @TonyJuniper is now live. Come and join us!

While the suggestion of wolves back in Britain is routinely laughed out of the room, just across the Channel the Dutch are celebrating their return to the Netherlands - a country more densely populated, more highly developed and more intensively farmed than ours.

Today we've announced our idea for a new, additional landscape designation called "Wildbelt" focused on making #MoreSpaceForNature and putting nature into recovery

We need protection for a Nature Recovery Network, land put into rewilding, & more besides

Many many people quite rightly care deeply about the plight of the Hen Harrier. So do we @NaturalEngland. The blog below explains what we as the country’s a nature regulator are doing.

Shocking state of English rivers revealed as all of them fail pollution tests

A very powerful rallying cry from @NaturalEngland’s @petebrotherton for investment in nature recovery, for the good of people and plant. Do click the link to the John Lawton’s letter to the PM for the full story.

Working with responsible land managers is part of the solution for lasting hen harrier recovery. Read our blog clarifying our position around raptor persecution and a recent incident with a tethered bird of prey:

The £40m Green Recovery Challenge Fund will create jobs in nature recovery and conservation and is now open for applications - if you have a project that is ready to tackle #ClimateChange & #RestoreNature, then apply here: @HuddlestonNigel @CEN_HQ

Exactly 10 years ago, Prof Sir John Lawton and his eminent panel submitted the Making Space for Nature report to government. Today, the panel has written to the PM calling for #1Billion4Nature to kick-start a decade of restoration. Read the letter here