A celebration of Biophilia
The world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
From Wild Geese by Mary Oliver (1996)
NO LACK OF IDEAS
Snippets of poetry - yours and that of ancient bards, anonymous or otherwise, sketches, oils, watercolours, pencil lines, photographs, inspired by natural living things; animals, plants, fungi, or microscopic bugs, ugliness, beauty, fascination, or disgust, cartoons, realism, expressionism, magic, expressions of love, hopelessness, joy, anything at all, as long as it’s inspired by something that’s alive….
We can imagine a huge range of ways people will use this opportunity to communicate their feelings for Nature. We encourage people to connect with the nature that surrounds them using any artistic technique or form that appeals to them. Poetry is wanted!
Are you an artist or writer interested in working with schools or community groups? Please get in touch.
A note on photography
People are part of nature, but because it needs our help, Naturebook is principally a place to celebrate the non-human living world. We encourage that images of people reflect this emphasis and look forward to seeing pictures of people doing conservation work, helping animals, absorbed by or celebrating nature, as well as wildlife, landscape and abstract photography.
Most artwork and writing uploaded to Naturebook will be original, and copyright remains with the Naturebook Author. If someone wants to use your artwork for a publication, they will be able to contact you directly through the site. That said, we’d love to hear about it as it would prove that the site is having a wider impact.
You are most welcome 'donate' images to us at Siren Conservation Education for use in public awareness and education.
As with most Internet sites, we cannot guarantee that other people won’t download and use your work without your permission. If you are concerned about this, you might like to upload images in low resolution or add a watermark.
By the way, Naturebook Authors can quote freely from or reproduce works in the public domain. In the UK, copyright ceases 70 years after the death of the creator of the work. Click this link for further details of UK copyright law.
We want Naturebook to be a safe and bully-free site for visitors of all ages.
For up to date information and help with Internet safety for young people, visit the Clever Click Safe campaign or go direct to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre where you can report Internet Safety issues directly to the police.
We refer educators and parents who want to help children learn how to use the Internet safely to the links below.
United Kingdom: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Europe: www.saferinternet.orgInternational: http://www.wiredsafety.org/
What to do if inappropriate images or text are uploaded to a Naturebook?
Inappropriate content, such as hateful, objectionable or explicit text or images, have no place in Naturebook. If you are concerned about the content of any Naturebook, click the Report an Issue button at the bottom of every page. We will endeavour to remove inappropriate content within 24 hours and reserve the right to suspend individual Authors.
Meeting new people on NaturebookWhen you join Naturebook, you'll automatically be able to exchange messages with us at Siren, but in order to exchange messages with any other Author, you'll need to send or receive and accept a friend request. When accepting friend requests, keep this in mind. You might not want to accept a person if you wouldn't feel comfortable if they contacted you privately.
We advise all Naturebook Authors to think carefully before sharing personal data or information online and to take precautions, such as letting another person know your exact plans, if meeting an online contact in person. Young people should always let their parent or teacher know if an online contact is asking to meet or if they are experiencing cyber-bullying.
In setting up this site, we took inspiration from many sources: The cave painters of the world, back to 50,000 years ago, the work of land artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and a whole range of modern and ancient poets and artists, The River of Words competition in the US, the unique Nature in Art Museum in Gloucestershire. Evergreen thanks to every single Naturebook Author for feeding and watering Naturebook every day.