(19 September 2014) Over half a million hectares of England’s countryside have been shaped by Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs), following the commitment made in the Government’s Natural Environment White Paper to make more, bigger and better connected areas for conservation a reality.
(17 September 2014) 'A Vascular Plant Red List for England' was launched at Kew Gardens today, presenting a comprehensive and objective analysis of changes in the distribution of our native flora to identify our most threatened species.
(16 September 2014) Natural England’s Chairman Andrew Sells and Chief Executive James Cross had the chance to see the ongoing work on coastal access and Marine Conservation Zones during their recent visit with our Sussex and Kent Area team.
(15 September 2014) Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve in Northumberland celebrates its 50th anniversary today
(12 September 2014) This month has seen the completion of work on the largest ever coastal realignment project in Europe on the Steart Peninsula in Somerset
(9 September 2014) The Deputy Prime Minister last week announced that Ordnance Survey is to compile and release new data that will enable every publicly accessible green space in England and Wales to be mapped, allowing anyone with access to the internet to find the location of their nearest park and other green spaces.
(4 September 2014)
Five hen harrier chicks have successfully fledged on National Trust land in the Upper Derwent Valley - the first time hen harriers have bred successfully in the Peak District for eight years.
(2 September 2014) A network of Care Farms in England is currently providing vital health, social care and educational services for a wide range of people, many from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged sections of society.
(1 September 2014) James Cross has today started in his new role as Natural England’s Chief Executive, following the confirmation of his appointment in June.
(28 August 2014) The extension to an internationally important wildlife site – Rough Bank at Cotswolds Commons and Beechwoods National Nature Reserve – was officially opened today by Natural England’s Chairman Andrew Sells.
(7 August 2014) The spectacular Hambledon Hill, one of the finest Iron Age hillforts in Dorset, has been acquired by the National Trust.
(6 August 2014) More than 310,000 children have participated in an educational visit to a farm in the past year funded through England’s agri-environment schemes and the latest figures show that the number of outdoor learning visits to farms has more than doubled in the past three years.
(28 July 2014) It’s National Parks week – an annual celebration of some of our most treasured, finest and famous landscapes, and the amazing things to find, see and do there.
(28 July 2014) A former World War Two control tower which sits at the heart of Prees Heath Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which is Shropshire's most important butterfly reserve, is now open for tours and guided walks.
(16 July 2014) The latest edition of Spotlight on SSSIs, the newsletter from Natural England that highlights the achievements of landowners, managers and our partners in improving the condition of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), has been published.
(10 July 2014) Approval for the first stretch of the England Coast Path in Somerset has been announced today.
(10 July 2014) New factsheet seeks to improve access to Natural England’s evidence base.
(4 July 2014) Hen harriers are rearing young in England for the first time since 2012, and already work is underway to fit high-tech satellite tracking devices to the fledgling birds to help monitor their progress once they have left the nest.
(1 July 2014) A new simpler licensing process, which comes into force on 1 July, will save developers and consultants time and money should they need to make minor amendment to dormouse licences.
(20 June 2014) Recruitment has opened for eight three-month placements on some of our National Nature Reserves (NNRs).
(19 June 2014) Natural England’s Chairman, Andrew Sells continues his programme of visits to our stakeholders to get close to the work of Natural England’s key partners.
(17 June 2014) International Biosphere Reserve status has been confirmed for Brighton and Lewes Downs, securing it as the first completely new Biosphere site in the UK established for almost 40 years and the first ever in south-east England.
(16 June 2014) Natural England has commissioned new research which will be used to set the standard for assessing the potential impacts of marine operations on mobile marine species.
(13 June 2014) The transformation of 14-square miles of arable fields in Cambridgeshire into wildlife-rich and people-friendly fenland is about to become a reality with the benefit of a significant grant from Natural England. The move will help to better protect the soil for the future, as well as precious remnants of fenland wildlife.
(12 June 2014) Local planning authorities (LPAs) in England will be able to assess whether a proposed development is likely to affect the country’s 4,128 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) thanks to a new simple-to-use online tool produced by Natural England.
(12 June 2014) Viewers of last night’s Springwatch had a privileged view into the private life of a pair of hen harriers that are nesting in the Scottish borders this year.
(11 June 2014) Twenty pairs of dormice were released at a secret woodland site in Nottinghamshire yesterday as part of a national initiative to boost the population of this rare mammal.
(2 June 2014) In the 30th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week - a national celebration of voluntary effort across the country – Natural England is taking the opportunity to thank each and every one of its vital volunteers.
(30 May 2014) This year’s Open Farm Sunday takes place on 8 June 2014 and looks set to be another popular and inspiring event, with hundreds of farms providing opportunities for people to discover more about farming, food production and farmland wildlife.
(28 May 2014) A herd of shaggy four-legged conservation heroes are helping to make an upland working farm in the Lake District into a haven for some of the country’s most endangered butterflies.
(22 May 2014)
Natural England’s Enquiries Team can now assist our customers with queries sent in via Twitter, as well as by phone, email and letter.
(22 May 2014) Find out the truth behind our consultation proposals on changing the licensing arrangements for robin, starling and wagtail nests.
(19 May 2014) The latest batch of short haired bumblebee queens are set to be released into their new home today at the RSPB Dungeness reserve in Kent.
(14 May 2014) This highly acclaimed photography competition is now open for entries and the search for this year’s winner has begun.
(9 May 2014) The Natural Connections Demonstration Project is working with Ecover Blue Mile to run a series of workshops in ‘blue spaces’ across the South West.
(8 May 2014) In order to comply with European Commission requirements concerning the timing of Environmental Stewardship payments, from 2015 onwards all new agri-environment agreements will have a single start date of 1 January in every year, rather than monthly start dates as at present.
(28 April 2014) Farmers who were affected by last winter’s flooding can now apply for grants of up to £35,000 from the Government’s Farming Recovery Fund to help get their land back into production as quickly as possible
(25 April 2014) The Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project has recently completed phase one of this five year project, which is the world’s largest community-based rat eradication project
(23 April 2014) Natural England’s ‘Soils for Profit’ team recently joined up with many of the people who helped deliver the project in order to celebrate the initiative’s many achievements.
(17 April 2014) The first ever national inventory of wildlife rich brownfield habitat has been launched on a new interactive website in partnership with Natural England, Buglife, the Invertebrate Conservation Trust and Defra.
(16 April 2014) A new trail has just opened in the heart of Dalby Forest, as part of our Paths for Communities project, and it will provide access for people of all abilities
(15 April 2014) Approval for a new stretch of the England Coast Path has been announced today opening up 41 km of improved access for people to enjoy the beautiful coastline between Sea Palling and Weybourne in Norfolk.
(8 April 2014) Planning authorities in England with responsibility for making decisions about developments that could have an impact upon ancient woodland and veteran trees can now access revised Standing Advice from Natural England.
(1 April 2014) England’s National Nature Reserves are some of our finest sites for experiencing and enjoying wildlife and beautiful scenery.
(1 April 2014) Species Recovery Programme: species of the month. Featuring our species most in decline and how we are supporting their recovery.
(31 March 2014) The state of the art technology on offer to visiting school groups at Nethergill Farm in the Yorkshire Dales was put to the test by pupils from Kettlewell Primary School during a recent open day.
(28 March 2014) Natural England today welcomed the publication by Defra of a study which includes an evaluation of the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect great crested newts in water.
(27 March 2014) The Fire Severity Index (FSI) is moving to a more nimble webpage on the Met Office website, with new features and improved usability
(24 March 2014) The first of two spring bittern counts across nature reserves in the Avalon Marshes in Somerset has revealed record breaking results.
(21 March 2014) One year from its major redesign, our most detailed mapping information source about the natural environment has continued to go from strength to strength.
(18 March 2014) Natural England, and RenewableUK - the trade association representing wind, wave and tidal energy - are running a joint Offshore Wind Industry Seminar which represents the first joint event of its kind.
Natural England is working with port interests to ensure that river mouths and estuaries are best able to support thriving commerce and bird life.
(5 March 2014) Natural England and National Grid have agreed a responsible and proactive approach to the management and licensing of nesting birds.
(3 March 2014) Species Recovery Programme: species of the month. Featuring our species most in decline and how we are supporting their recovery.
(3 March 2014) Natural England has confirmed Rampisham Down in Dorset as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its special grassland and heathland habitats.
(27 February 2014) The Natural England Board has agreed to begin work to assess whether the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) boundary should be extended.
(25 February 2014) Natural England is privileged to have support from just over 3,000 volunteers who willingly give their skills, knowledge and expertise and contribute the equivalent of 32,250 working days each year.
(24 February 2014) Natural England is seeking views on proposed changes to the General and Class Licences, which are issued under wildlife legislation.
(21 February 2014) Public access rights came into effect today over a further 13 of Natural England’s National Nature Reserves (NNRs)
(17 February 2014) As part of the BBC’s Stargazing LIVE season, Natural England and Mid-Kent Astronomical Society are holding a free stargazing ‘Space Spectacular’ at Wye Downs in Kent on 22 February with lots to do for all the family.
(10 February 2014) A number of positions on Natural England’s and the Environment Agency’s non-Executive Boards are due to come up for appointment shortly as existing terms come to an end.
(7 February 2014) Resolving the flooding problems currently affecting the Somerset Levels and Moors is a matter of the utmost priority and Natural England plays an important role in providing environmental advice to flood management and drainage authorities. We welcome the government’s recent funding announcement and will provide whatever support is necessary to help deliver the government’s twenty year Action Plan for the area.
(7 February 2014) Natural England has fully supported the Somerset Levels and Moors Task Force in the production of its long-term vision for the Somerset Levels and Moors.
(3 February 2014) This highly acclaimed competition is now open and ready to receive your entries. Take a camera outside and bear witness to the marvels of our natural world.
(28 January 2014) A whooper swan has been nursed back to health and returned to the wild, thanks to a terrific team effort from Lower Derwent Valley National Nature Reserve staff, their volunteers and local vets.
(27 January 2014) Agriculture students from colleges in Staffordshire and Hampshire are celebrating following their triumph in two Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) competitions.
(24 January 2014) Viewers of BBC’s Winterwatch last night will have had a glimpse of the work being carried out by Stephen Murphy, who for six years has led our hen harrier satellite tracking project.
(20 January 2014) Natural England (today) released the latest iteration of its regulatory improvement plan.
(14 January 2014) Species Recovery Programme: species of the month. Featuring our species most in decline and how we are supporting their recovery.
(14 January 2014) Landowners are helping protect the rare little whirlpool ramshorn snail by following Natural England’s protocol, which sets out advice on how to maintain ditches without destroying the invertebrate’s vital habitat.
(9 January 2014) The Environment Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, announced today that Andrew Sells has been confirmed as the Chairman of Natural England.
(7 January 2014) Natural England’s Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve is hosting a stargazing event this weekend, supported by Dark Sky Discovery.