In brief: Bat panel convened, £2,000 waste fine and Waitrose cuts plastic

Also in the news, Natural England establishes bat panel to guide conservation efforts, Northern Ireland waste criminal fined £2,000 and Waitrose to drop black plastic

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Soprano pipistrelle. Photograph: Evgeniy Yakhontov/Wikimedia

New bat panel to be convened for Natural England

A new expert panel to help shape the future of bat conservation has been formed by Natural England. It is part of an “innovative approach” to implementing licensing under protected species legislation, according to the government adviser.

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