7 Dec 2018

Defra vetoes lynx re-introduction trial Locked

Ecology Briefing: Natural England advises against the trial introduction of the species, highlighting a number of issues with the project’s license application.

6 Dec 2018

Biodiversity net gain may become mandatory Locked

Brownfield Briefing: It could now be applied in a standardised, mandatory form with a minimum 10% improvement suggested.

Europe, UK
6 Dec 2018

No EIA for polluted wildlife haven set for 400 homes

Ecology Briefing: Swindon planners say the site is previously developed with no development on the flood plain.

30 Nov 2018

Scottish launchpad project will impact ecosystem, claims campaign group Locked

Ecology Briefing: Campaign group raises ecological concerns over launchpad development.

23 Nov 2018

Gove stresses environmental policies should be linked to social justice Locked

Ecology Briefing: Environment secretary Michael Gove outlined his philosophies and thinking which influence current policies at the Theos’ annual lecture 2018, last night.

Europe, UK
15 Nov 2018

Diluted EU measures could harm waterways, says WWT

Ecology Briefing: Even with Brexit coming, the prospect of weakened European water quality protection measures could harm UK wildlife, claims the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.

15 Nov 2018

Gove assures Brexit preparations not compromising Defra agencies Locked

Ecology Briefing: Some 50 staff have been seconded from Natural England to EU exit posts as EAC chair Mary Creagh questions the impacts on the agency’s primary purpose.

1 Nov 2018

HS2 threatens rare habitats in Nottinghamshire, claims WLT Locked

Ecology Briefing: WLT prepares consultation response as ecological impacts of HS2 phase 2b route are revealed.

26 Oct 2018

Brexit could make invasive species problem worse Locked

Brownfield Briefing: UK’s biosecurity could be threatened after Brexit, according to a House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Committee report.

25 Oct 2018

WLT launches campaign to protect Gwent Levels Locked

Ecology Briefing: Wildlife Trust launches online petition calling the public to protest the M4 relief road which, it claims, will negatively impact the Gwent Levels.

18 Oct 2018

MP backs bill to save British pollinators Locked

Ecology Briefing: The bill calls on Defra to support the creation of pollinator corridors across Britain.

18 Oct 2018

Lottery fund aims to protect church habitats for bats

Ecology Briefing: The Heritage Lottery funding will be used to protect the UK’s bats and mitigate the damage they do to the UK’s churches.

11 Oct 2018

Newcastle pledges £100,000 towards tree planting

Ecology Briefing: The Council has unveiled plans to plant 19,000 new trees to make Newcastle a healthier, greener city.

11 Oct 2018

Khan’s London free tree scheme seeks to realise national park ambition Locked

Ecology Briefing: As part of Khan’s ambition to make London a national park city, 75,000 trees are to be planted across the capital.

4 Oct 2018

Environmental bodies call for government to stop undermining National Parks Locked

Ecology Briefing: Environmental charities have asked government ministers to stop using existing developments to support the further development in protected areas.

4 Oct 2018

People's manifesto for wildlife suggests new Environment Act Locked

Ecology Briefing: A People’s Manifesto for Wildlife has been published outlining a number of political and personal suggestions to help prevent the decline in British Wildlife.

20 Sep 2018

Wildlife bodies and Labour criticise badger cull Locked

Ecology Briefing: The Shropshire Wildlife Trust says the practice does not stop the spread of bovine TB.

7 Sep 2018

Scotland’s annual environmental, housing and infrastructure plans released Locked

Ecology Briefing: Scottish Programme for Government reveals £2m biodiversity fund, a seabird conservation strategy, £756m available to increase supply of affordable homes and £600m investment in water infrastructure.

21 Aug 2018

Redbridge nature reserve threatened by council approved road Locked

Ecology Briefing: Proposed haulage route threatens nature reserve supporting newts and migrant birds.

21 Aug 2018

Cornwall Council set to spend £3.5m on public and wildlife spaces

Ecology Briefing: Cornwall Council is investing more than £2.8m of EU funding to create greener spaces.

21 Aug 2018

Council to reconsider IKEA water meadows development as costs double Locked

Ecology Briefing: Council urged to rethink plans to build an IKEA store and homes on water meadows after spiralling costs revealed.

9 Aug 2018

EA commits to £9m floodplain restoration

Ecology Briefing: EA commits to Lower Otter restoration project enabling initial works to commence.

9 Aug 2018

Stay of execution for Coul Links wildlife

Ecology Briefing: Unable to reach a decision for proposed golf course, Scottish Ministers extend application’s consideration period.

2 Aug 2018

Kent WLT intensifies campaign for marine conservation status after dredging project approval Locked

Ecology Briefing: An estimated three million tonnes of sand and gravel will be taken from the area over a two-year period.

26 Jul 2018

May announces new environment bill Locked

Ecology Briefing: First environment bill in 20 years set to be published by government.

12 Jul 2018

Sherwood Forest receives £2.4m lottery boost

Ecology Briefing: Nottingham County Council and its partners will use the funds to restore heathland, protect ancient trees, and embark on local history projects. 

12 Jul 2018

UK’s first newt officer appointed Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The officer will be based Central Bedfordshire as a third of the area’s ponds contain the creatures.  

6 Jul 2018

Invasive species respondents lean towards tougher sanctions Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Respondents to the Government’s Tackling Invasive Non-Native Species consultation are largely in favour of the enforcement regime, though some advocate tougher sanctions. 

20 Jun 2018

CEH calls for better phosphorous management Locked

Brownfield Briefing: It has issued a global call for global policymakers to manage the substance more sustainably and reduce the widespread environmental damage it causes.

20 Jun 2018

London Wildlife Trust welcomes Mayor’s strategy, in theory

Ecology Briefing: The charity welcomes Sadiq Khan’s plan to make the capital a National Park City but says much must be done to make this happen.