‘Severely damaged’: Natural England rarely prosecutes green breaches, official figures reveal

England’s nature regulator has never brought a successful prosecution under environmental damage, species licensing or heather and grass burning rules and has only once prosecuted under the environmental impact assessment regulations, official data reveals.

Published last week, Natural England’s register of civil sanctions, enforcement undertakings and prosecutions shows that, since the regulator’s creation in 2006, it has also only prosecuted for offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 for damage to sites of special scientific interest a total of 14 times and issued just 16 civil sanctions, with the majority of these being stop or remediation notices. 

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