Symposium 2017

We are delighted to announce that this year’s New Naturalist Symposium will be held at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton on Friday 15th September 2017. Several natural history booksellers and wildlife artists will be attending, and Wyseby House Books will be holding a huge clearance sale with lots of bargains. Tickets are restricted to 130 so if you would like to attend, please complete the booking form and return it to Tim Bernhard as soon as possible. His details can be found at the bottom of the form.

The Symposium will be a particularly special occasion, marking the 200th anniversary of HarperCollins. A website commemorating the rich history of our publishing company showcases the many wonderful authors and iconic titles published throughout the past 200 years, including over 70 years of Collins New Naturalist Library publishing. Feel free to take a look and have a read:

We are also delighted to welcome special guest Professor Richard Fortey FRS FRSL, the British palaeontologist, natural historian, writer and television presenter to the Symposium. Professor Fortey retired from his position as senior palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in 2006. He is the author of many books, including The Hidden Landscape, which won the Natural History Book of the Year in 1993, Trilobite! An Eyewitness to Evolution, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, Dry Storeroom No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum and Survivors.

He was president of the Geological Society of London for its bicentennial year in 2007, and is a fellow of the Royal Society. He has won the Michael Faraday Prize for science communication at the Royal Society and the Lewis Thomas Prize for science writing, as well as many other distinguished awards for his scientific work. He will give a talk on Grim’s Dyke Wood, four acres of beech and bluebell woodland in the Chiltern Hills and the subject of his recent book The Wood For The Trees. He will also discuss his inspiration from NN 42 Fossils by Henry Swinnerton (1960).

Other speakers include Nick Ashton, who will be giving a talk on the latest New Naturalist volume Early Humans (NN 134), Richard Sale will speak about Falcons (NN 132), David Cabot will give a talk on his forthcoming New Naturalist on The Burren and Andrew Allott will discuss Marches (NN 118).


During the extended lunch break, there will be an opportunity to visit the research facilities of the National Oceanography Centre not usually open to the public, such as saltwater tanks for corrals and jellyfish and deep water exploration submersibles. Participants will also be given the opportunity to view a display of original artwork, historic papers and correspondence by Sir Alister Hardy.

In the evening after the event, there will be a celebratory dinner at The White Horse Hotel in Romsey, a few miles from the Symposium venue. If you are interested in attending the dinner, please tick the relevant box on the booking form. As the dinner is limited to only 40 guests, tickets will be offered on a first come, first served basis.


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