What does Gove’s ‘Brexit raid’ on Natural England and the Environment Agency mean for nature?

'The message coming out from management is that we are working on protected sites, but the reality is that it is not the case’… Rachel Salvidge asks officers on the ground what the government’s move to shift large numbers of staff from England’s environmental regulators to DEFRA to work on Brexit means for nature

Companies wanting to profit from environmental protection could benefit from biodiversity offsetting (photo: Natural England)
What does having fewer environment officers mean for nature?

Natural England and the Environment Agency may be feeling a little battle weary of late. Over recent years they have been subject to severe budget cuts, staff cuts, wage freezes and multiple accusations of being too close to DEFRA to be able to wield any meaningful independence. Consequently, their ability to fulfil their remits to protect and enhance nature has been questioned by some observers.

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