Is Natural England reluctant to prosecute rule breakers?

Since it was created in 2006 out of what was English Nature, the Countryside Agency and the Rural Development Service, Natural England has brought less than 100 enforcement actions for breaches of wildlife laws – that’s an average of about seven every year.

by James Fair
Wistmans Wood ancient woodland. Photograph: David Clapp/Getty Images
Wistmans Wood ancient woodland. Photograph: David Clapp/Getty Images

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