Beijing: the Capital of Biodiversity

7:00–9:00 pm
University of Chicago Center in Beijing
20th Floor, Culture Plaza
59A Zhong Guan Cun Street
Haidian District, Beijing


In this lecture, British wildlife conservationist Terry Townshend will explain why Beijing is one of the world’s best capital cities for wildlife, as well as how technology is allowing us to discover incredible secrets about some of this capital's best known species.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event! Please click HERE to register.

About Terry Townshend

Terry Townshend is a British wildlife conservationist living and working in Beijing. Through his website - - he celebrates the birds and other wildlife that can be found in and around China’s vibrant capital city.

Terry is dedicated to encouraging people to learn, and care, about the environment and set up projects to track two of Beijing's most iconic birds - the Beijing Swift and the Beijing Cuckoo - discovering for the first time their wintering grounds and migration routes whilst involving local schools. In 2017 he devised and, in collaboration with ShanShui Conservation Center at Peking University, helped set up an innovative community-based wildlife watching tourism project with yak herder families in Sanjiangyuan Pilot National Park on the Tibetan Plateau. All tourism revenue stays in the local community and the project was recently awarded the first official community-based tourism concession in a National Park in China.

With a professional background in environmental law, Terry was the lead author of the first two editions of the groundbreaking Global Climate Legislation Study, examining climate change-related laws across the world, and remains a co-author today. He has presented the results of the study to the US Senate, Mexican Congress, Japanese Diet, South Korean National Assembly and the UK parliament, and is an adviser to the Chinese government on the development of their climate change law.

Terry has found several new birds for Beijing, including the capital’s first Tree Pipit in the UK Ambassador’s garden. In early 2015 he was delighted to take up a Directorship with EcoAction, a new and innovative Chinese company dedicated to ecotourism and environmental education. In 2018 he became a Fellow of the Paulson Institute, supporting their conservation program. He has a prominent media profile, often being asked to comment on environmental issues and

featuring on mainstream TV (CCTV, Phoenix TV, BBC World), radio (BBC World Service, Beijing Radio), lifestyle magazines, national and international newspapers (including New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian). Terry is a member of the BirdLife International Global Advisory Group and a Brand Ambassador for Swarovski Optik.