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Land, Ecology & Development

Should developers use netting to stop birds nesting?

Should developers use netting to stop birds nesting?

A debate has been raging over whether the practice of using netting to prevent birds nesting should be allowed or even made a criminal offence. Rachel Salvidge reports

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Destroying bat roost costs builders £19,000

A housing developer has been fined almost £19,000 for demolishing a property that was home to protected soprano pipistrelle bats, in only the second case of its kind to be brought by the Metropolitan Police

Civil sanctions

£270,000 payout for food firm’s pollution

A major supplier of food and drink ingredients has agreed to make a £150,000 payment to a local charity following a pollution incident in 2015

Environmental Law

Northern Ireland man ordered to pay £325k for waste offences

A farmer from Comber in Northern Ireland has been handed a £325,690 confiscation order for the illegal treatment and disposal of waste

Environmental Law

Environmental lawyers need ‘legal imagination’ to help tackle climate change

Legal imagination is one of the key tools in the armoury of environmental lawyers who want to tackle climate change, a professor of environmental law has told attendees at the annual Public Interest Environmental Law conference


EU court rejects recycled PVC challenge

The European Commission has seen off a legal challenge against its decision not to review the authorisation of a harmful substance in recycled PVC


Land, Ecology & Development

How will the government's flagship development enhance nature?

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc will "achieve net gains in biodiversity and natural capital", says the government. Adam Branson looks at how it plans to embed nature into the project from the start

Environmental Law

Six policy updates to look out for this month

Scan upcoming policy changes on oil and gas decommissioning, radioactive waste management, producer compliance for waste electrical and electronic equipment collection, sustainability in Wales, food contact materials, and energy efficiency for small and medium businesses

Environmental Law

How should the Environment Bill improve air quality?

The forthcoming Environment Bill presents a vital opportunity to respond to growing public and medical concern about air pollution, a parliamentary group has been told. Gareth Simkins hears what the experts have to say

Environmental Law Brexit Hub

Gove’s green Brexit plans: 9 things you need to know

Further details have emerged in the past few days about the government’s post-Brexit environmental governance arrangements, including the identity of an interim green Brexit commissioner and where the green watchdog could be based. Here are nine things you need to know about DEFRA’s green governance vision

Environmental Law

Eight compliance deadlines to look out for this month

Important deadlines relating to energy infrastructure and energy efficiency, chemicals labelling, emissions reporting and air pollution are coming up in April


The firms that took on the EA and won

How did the handful of businesses that have overturned Environment Agency permitting decisions manage to succeed at appeal?

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