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Springwatch to crimewatch: How Chris Packham plans to take on the nature regulators ...

Springwatch to crimewatch: How Chris Packham plans to take on the nature regulators

Packham and co have set up Wild Justice to keep DEFRA, Natural England and the...

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Environmental Law

Chris Packham launches legal action against Natural England's bird cull practice

Natural England’s practice of issuing ‘general licences’ to allow the killing of a wide variety of bird species will face a legal challenge from a new wildlife not-for-profit

Environmental Law

Judge says Natural England failed to assess impacts of badger cull on birds in SSSIs

A High Court judge has ruled that Natural England failed to properly assess the impacts of badger cull licensing on birds in a number of sites of special scientific interest (SSSI)

Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

DEFRA’s no-deal preparations ‘over-optimistic’, says parliamentary committee

A House of Commons committee has accused DEFRA of being over-optimistic in its plans to secure adequate food supplies if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal

Water

Environment Agency efforts fail to stem river abstraction

Abstraction from rivers in England has increased despite Environment Agency (EA) efforts to cut it back to protect wildlife, new figures show

Land, Ecology & Development

Spring statement: go-ahead for mandatory biodiversity net gain plan

The government is to push ahead with proposals to require new housing and infrastructure developments to provide an increase in biodiversity, chancellor Philip Hammond announced today

Analysis

Environmental Politics

10 key things that happened this week

10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week: Spring statement: six things you need to know; India bans plastic waste imports; UK set to miss biodiversity goals; Go-ahead for mandatory biodiversity net gain plan and more

Land, Ecology & Development

Was Grayling right to approve a major port terminal on 'unique brownfield habitat'?

A developer has been given the green light to build a port terminal on 'one of the UK’s best brownfields for invertebrates', drawing criticism from green groups. Adam Branson reports

Energy

International Women’s Day: Women in the environment sector

To mark International Women’s Day, ENDS has put together a selection of women in the environment sector, each of whom are blazing a trail at the top of their fields.

Land, Ecology & Development

Interview: What one of Britain’s biggest housebuilders thinks about net gain, nature and knotweed

Redrow sustainability chief Nicola Johansen gives ENDS a housebuilder’s take on how DEFRA’s plans for biodiversity net gain will work in practice

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Why the green Brexit bill is raising concerns

With pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Environment Bill under way, there are concerns its provisions introducing green principles would give the government a ‘get out of jail free card’. James Fair reports

Land, Ecology & Development

What will the £5bn WINEP programme mean for consultancies?

The 2021-25 Water Industry National Environment Programme is the biggest scheme of environmental works yet to be undertaken by water companies. ENDS looks at the opportunities it will bring for consultancies

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