Natural England could face fresh legal action over SSSI designation

A not-for-profit is preparing legal action against Natural England for what it believes is the regulator’s failure to designate a species-rich area in Essex as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

Buglife will challenge England’s wildlife regulator over what it says is an “extraordinary failure” to protect West Tilbury Marshes, located within the Thames Estuary.

West Tilbury Marshes is home to fifteen protected species under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 and 159 species of conservation importance, including 31 red listed species - making it one of the top ten most important sites in the UK for endangered wildlife, according to Buglife.

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