This website is run by the Nature Research Society (NRS).

This page states our intention to provide a website that is usable and accessible to all and details some of the measures taken. This accessibility statement applies only to the Nature Research Society websites.

Please note, some sections of this web site are controlled by third parties and so it has not been possible for the same standards of accessibility to be applied to them.

We are making every effort to make NRS websites accessible, including layout, and easy to use for everyone, no matter what browser you choose to use, and whether or not you have any disabilities.


Most complex Adobe® Acrobat® Portable Document Format (PDF) files on this site  are tagged to allow basic accessibility.

For more information and help about accessibility and changing your browser settings please visit the BBC's My Web, My Way pages.

More information about PDF accessibility can be found on the Adobe website accessibility section.

To download a copy of Acrobat reader, please visit the acrobat download page on the Adobe website.

If you require any further help and advice regarding assistive software and hardware, please contact the Shaw Trust.

Changing font size

Font size can be changed by setting your browser settings to your own preference - this option is usually available from the "view" option in your browser toolbar. 

Video Content

Vidoes on NRS website are hosted on YouTube and Amazon S3 cloud and presented with captions. To play a video, users can click the triangle button on the player or the image. Alternatively, keyboard-only and assistive software users can use the “[Video Autoplay]” link for this purpose.

When a video is playing, the users can use the following keys on the keyboard to control the video player:

  • Spacebar: Play / Pause;
  • Right Arrow / Left Arrow: go forward / go backward;
  • Up Arrow / Down Arrow: Louder / Softer.

Mac users browsing with Safari can use CTRL with the above keys to fulfil the same operations.

Contact Information

Maintaining an accessible site is an ongoing process and we are continually working to offer a user friendly experience. However, if you have any problems using this web site please contact us by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..