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Environmental Law

Is there a ‘false promise’ at the heart of DEFRA’s Habitats Regulations reforms? ...

Two swallows perched on wire

The government says it wants to reform EU-derived environmental protections to make them less complex, arguing that a simpler system would bolster nature’s recovery. But does the argument add up? Tess Colley reports... Read more

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Fresh environmental indicators added to 25 Year Plan monitoring framework

Five new indicators have been introduced to the Outcome Indicator Framework for the 25 Year Environment Plan, including one relating to the UK’s global environmental footprint

Land, Ecology & Development

OEP says 10% net gain requirement not enough to make ‘real’ improvement

The Office for Environmental Protection has questioned whether the minimum level of net gain specified in the Environment Act 2021 will be enough to meet the government’s biodiversity ambitions


Landowner pleads guilty to all charges in river Lugg case

A landowner who devastated wildlife habitats through a series of unauthorised works to a stretch of the protected river Lugg in Herefordshire has pleaded guilty to a series of charges brought against him by the EA and Natural England


Power to designate protected sites should remain with Natural England, says OEP

The designation of England’s protected sites must follow a 'clear and transparent process', according to the Office for Environmental Protection, which has advised against giving the power to designate sites to the secretary of state

Protected areas

Natural England creates ‘super’ Somerset national nature reserve

Natural England has formally declared the creation of a new 'super' national nature reserve in Somerset, which it says will expand the size of existing reserves in the area by nearly 2,200 hectares


Land, Ecology & Development

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

Photograph: Natural England/Julian Dowse

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


ECO CHAMBER PODCAST: Biological annihilation, snail assault and 100 powerful people

Listen as the ENDS Report team examines the green watchdog's first howl of disapproval, why developers are scrapping with Natural England over water, the government's plans for environmental assessment, who's made it on to the ENDS Report's inaugural power list, why we're in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, and why you shouldn't trust the paper bag enveloping your sausage roll.

Planning & land use

What does the Levelling Up Bill mean for the environment?

The government has outlined the detail of its plans to move away from what it sees as the ‘clunky’ environmental impact assessment regime to a new system based on outcomes. Pippa Neill explores what this could mean for the environment

Environmental Politics

Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill: 6 things you need to know

The planned Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill will deliver reforms to environmental assessment and the planning regime, not to mention more regional mayors, says the government

Environmental Law

Queen’s Speech: What could be in it for the environment?

The Queen’s Speech, outlining the government’s legislative plans for the coming year, is due to be made on Tuesday. Here’s what ENDS expects to hear

Water pollution

What is plastic pollution doing to rivers and wildlife?

Rivers are having a bad time of it, suffering from all kinds of contamination, but little is known about the real impact plastic pollution is having on the UK’s water bodies, reports David Burrows

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Officer 2, Carriers & Brokers

The post holder will protect and enhance the environment by effective and efficient investigation of complex environmental offending with the emphasis on waste carriers and brokers offences.

Senior Officer – Industry & Waste Regulation

Through the Environment (Wales) Act, Natural Resources Wales has a new duty to pursue the sustainable management of natural resources (SMNR). Under the Act, NRW is also required to provide Area Statements that set out the natural resources in an area, the benefits they provide, and the priorities.

Environmental Manager

As the government’s housing accelerator, Homes England is one of the largest landowners in the country.


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Tracking the waste-to-energy and biomass energy industries

ENDS Compliance Manager

Track legislation and demonstrate compliance in support of EHS management requirements