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  • Charging will help Natural England invest in processes to cope with increased demand. Photograph: Michael Lane/123RF

    Natural England to charge for licences

    Applicants for wildlife licences will be subject to charges by Natural England in a bid to plug funding gaps created by repeated cuts by central government

  • Beavers are slowly making their way back. Photograph: Martin Steiner/123RF

    Gove backs beaver reintroduction

    Four beavers will be reintroduced to the Forest of Dean in spring next year in a bid to improve biodiversity and to build dams and ponds

  • The River Caldew near Buckabank. Photograph: Rose and Trev Clough/Geograph

    EA blocks Cumbria water abstraction plan

    The Environment Agency has warned that proposals to abstract water for Cumbria hydro scheme would ‘reduce numbers of spawning fish’

  • DEFRA wants to improve uptake of agri-environment schemes. Photograph: 123RF

    Gove streamlines green farm subsidies

    Michael Gove is reforming the countryside stewardship scheme in a bid to increase take up of nature-friendly farming

  • Illegal waste activity is creating big problems for the EA. Photograph: Maksym Dragunov/123RF

    Crime drives increase in pollution incidents

    Battling the rise in criminal dumping and polluting is stretching already strained resources at the Environment Agency

  • Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire. Photograph: Stuart Ketley/123RF

    Northumberland set for radical tree-planting

    England’s biggest planting scheme in three decades has been given the go-ahead, while Michael Gove has aired concerns over lack of afforestation nationally

  • Impacts on natural capital assets needs factoring into investments, say experts. Photograph: Sergey Belov/123RF

    Finance sector ‘blind’ to natural capital risks

    Getting the financial sector on board is key to to the success of the natural capital approach, concludes a major internal conference in Edinburgh

  • More than 15,000 fish were killed. Photograph: Environment Agency

    Farmers fined £62,000 for polluting river

    A couple have been fined £62,000 for polluting a river with digestate in what the EA says is one of the worst pollution incidents to hit Herefordshire in the last 10 years

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