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Biodiversity / conservation

How will Natural England spend its budget hike?

How will Natural England spend its budget hike?

After a decade of cuts, Natural England has been given a boost to its budget. How will it spend the new money and is it enough to bend the curve on the UK’s catastrophic nature decline? Danny Halpin reports... Read more

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Environmental Politics

Natural England sets out how it will spend its £198 million budget

Natural England has published details of how it will spend its boosted budget, with delivering Environment Bill policy and the Nature Recovery Network top of the list

Biodiversity / conservation

Natural England: Offshore wind expansion must deliver gains for nature

Natural England is reviewing its approach to offshore wind, committing to enhancing nature and protecting the natural environment from the pressures presented by each new offshore wind development

Biodiversity / conservation

Natural England denies it ‘rewrote the rules’ after police swoop on hunting estate

Natural England has denied it changed its guidance on the feeding of hen harriers after the police launched an investigation for the alleged disturbance of breeding hen harriers through diversionary feeding without a licence

Environmental Politics

The Environment Bill: The government amendments promised, published, and waiting to be seen

When the Environment Bill returned to parliament in May it did so with a series of promised government amendments. Here’s a recap on what’s been proposed, what’s materialised, and what still remains to be seen

Biodiversity / conservation

‘Alarming implications’: Disease linked to mass frog deaths found in UK

A disease which has caused mass mortality events in frogs has for the first time been found in a captive UK population, a new study shows, which describes the implications as 'alarming'


Land, Ecology & Development

Why Natural England’s net gain calculator may struggle to accurately value nature

Why Natural England’s net gain calculator may struggle to accurately value nature

The flaws in the biodiversity net gain calculator have all been corrected, says Natural England, but will its official launch later this year satisfy everyone? James Agyepong-Parsons reports

Water resources, efficiency

Should ancient woodland be sacrificed to save chalk streams?

The planning approval given to a Hampshire reservoir reveals the tough decisions that will need to be made in the face of projected water shortages. Does the protection of chalk streams justify the destruction of ancient woodland? Catherine Early reports

Environmental Politics

Government response to the Dasgupta review: 15 things you need to know

A wealth of new measures were included in the government’s response to Sir Partha Dasgupta’s review of the economics of biodiversity, from greener schools to applying net gain to major infrastructure projects. Here’s what you need to know

Biodiversity / conservation

Will DEFRA’s species reintroduction task force take flight?

Natural England is to lead a new task force aimed at bringing back lost and dwindling species, but many questions remain unanswered. Wil Crisp reports

Hazardous waste

How toxic waste devastated livestock on two Cumbrian farms

Carcinogens, pharmaceuticals and industrial waste have been found on land treated with a new fertiliser, which was spread on at least two farms in the north west, where livestock have fallen sick and died. How does a disaster like this happen? asks Rachel Salvidge

Planning & land use

The debrief: How a sustainable urban drainage scheme is delivering wider benefits

The need to retrofit urban areas to cope with a changing climate, and mitigate its existing impacts, is one of the great engineering challenges of our times. A project in Cardiff seeks to deliver these objectives through green infrastructure

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