President’s Symposium, October 2020


The subject of our 2020 symposium will be
Valuing and Restoring Nature.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to hold the symposium in the normal format, but it will go ahead in a “virtual” form.

It will be hosted by our President for 2020-21, Clare Broom.

Full details will be posted here as soon as they are available.


From the leaflet that was published before the pandemic took hold:

In a speech delivered at Kew Gardens in July 2019, Michael Gove, then Secretary of State for the Environment, admitted that “The United Kingdom is now among the most nature depleted countries in the world.”

The decline in nature is well documented and the need for recovery widely accepted. Whilst there are many conservation successes to be celebrated, traditional scientific and ethical arguments for the conservation of nature have failed to protect our natural capital assets, such as species and soils and the ecosystem services they provide.

Researchers and practitioners in Devon are helping to lead the way in finding and testing solutions to the nature crisis. Via five papers and a panel discussion, the symposium will explore some of this work and demonstrate how attempts are being made to value, restore and enhance nature for the benefit of all.