(5 December 2013) The Eden Valley in north-east Cumbria has become the 100th landscape to be profiled by Natural England’s National Character Area (NCA) project, which by spring 2014 is looking to have generated 159 detailed profiles.
(4 December 2013) The Natural England Board have agreed to begin work to assess whether the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) boundary should be extended into Essex to cover the south side of the Stour estuary in Essex.
(3 December 2013) Cumbria County Council have given Natural England planning permission to restore Bolton Fell Moss, a vast area of milled peatland in north Cumbria, back to fully-functioning, sustainable, raised bog.
(2 December 2013) Species Recovery Programme: species of the month. Featuring our species most in decline and how we are supporting their recovery.
(28 November 2013)
Environment Secretary of State, Owen Paterson announced today that Andrew Sells has been selected as the Government’s preferred candidate to the post of Chairman of Natural England, (Poul Christensen will end his tenure on the 31 December 2013).
(22 November 2013) Natural England and MAGA, the Cornish Language Partnership, have signed a Statement of Intent which will see Natural England incorporating more of the Cornish language into its nature conservation interpretation materials within Cornwall.
(22 November 2013) Natural England’s National Character Area (NCA) project was highly commended in London yesterday, having been shortlisted for one of the prestigious Landscape Institute Awards 2013.
(20 November 2013) Representatives from the UK sugar beet industry attended a practical event on a Lincolnshire farm recently to highlight the benefits that the sugar beet crop brings to the farmed environment.
(19 November 2013)
On 28 November the National Outdoors for All Working Group - an alliance of public and voluntary organisations – is hosting a major conference in London to focus on the important role the natural environment can play in providing a cost effective means of tackling health inequalities.
(15 November 2013) Natural England has teamed up with its sister nature conservation agencies in the UK – Natural Resources Wales, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage – to bring you recommendations of where to see nature at its most splendid this autumn across Britain.
(14 November 2013) The pulsing, swirling, shifting black cloud of a starling murmuration is one of autumn’s most dazzling wildlife spectacles. Boosted by an increase of overwintering visitors from abroad, thousands of starlings then flock together to create beautiful shifting patterns that adorn the dusk sky.
(13 November 2013) We all know being outside is good for us. However, big sections of society whose health would benefit most from visiting the natural environment are often using it the least. A forthcoming conference seeks to address this challenge, as tackling health inequality is a Government priority.
(12 November 2013) Natural England is forming a Friends group for the stunning Barnack Hills and Holes National Nature Reserve (NNR).
(11 November 2013) Natural England today welcomed the launch of the Marine and Coastal Concordat which will encourage investment around the coast.
(8 November 2013) Helped by the local community, the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project is gearing up to protect rare nesting seabirds by keeping the islands of St Agnes and Gugh ‘rat-free’ for at least 25 years.
(4 November 2013) Species Recovery Programme: species of the month. Featuring our species most in decline and how we are supporting their recovery.
(1 November 2013) Defra is seeking views on how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should be implemented in England and has launched a four week consultation which closes on 28 November 2013.
(31 October 2013) The UK’s first Green Infrastructure (GI) audit guide – which is set to change the face of urban spaces – was launched in London yesterday.
(23 October 2013) Natural England today welcomed the world wide ban on the discharge of a chemical at sea that killed thousands of birds on the south coast earlier this year.
(22 October 2013) Conservation works supported by Natural England that helped rescue the historic remains of a former Durham lead mine have picked up this year’s prestigious English Heritage Angel Award for ‘Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site’.
(17 October 2013) The Environment Minister, Lord de Mauley MP yesterday praised members of the Mineral Products Association (MPA) for their invaluable contribution to nature conservation and presented the awards, including the Natural England sponsored category: 'Biodiversity, Landscape Scale Restoration'.
(16 October 2013) Improving the efficiency of regulation to allow businesses to make significant savings is a key commitment in Natural England’s refreshed Improvement Plan, published today.
Natural England’s network of National Nature Reserves (NNR) are contributing nearly 700 full-time jobs and £23 million into the local rural economy in 2011/12, according to estimates from a new report.
(14 October 2013) A research project has been carried out at St Hilda’s, a Saxon church in Ellerburn, North Yorkshire, where the resident bat population has posed problems for the building and its congregation for a number of years.
(9 October 2013) HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited Dersingham Bog National Nature Reserve last week in his capacity as Patron of The Conservation Volunteers (TCV).
(8 October 2013) Work is well underway to re-home great crested newts at Norton Bridge, Staffordshire, as part of Network Rail’s Stafford Area Improvements Programme – a £250m package of works designed to deliver performance improvements on the West Coast Main Line.
(7 October 2013) An Oxfordshire farm has come top of its class in a national competition that celebrates the important role that farmers play in educating young people. Pennyhooks Farm was nominated for the award by their local Natural England Land Management team.
(3 October 2013) Chesil Beach is the last refuge for the little tern in south west England. In the previous decade numbers had dropped from 100 to 10 breeding pairs, but now they are bouncing back thanks to some innovative thinking from local wildlife experts.
(2 October 2013) Cumbria is officially home to Britain’s oldest marsh tit, after the bird was spotted at a National Nature Reserve (NNR).
(1 October 2013) Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) has teamed up with agricultural colleges in the Midlands and South East to set a challenging competition for young farming students.
(1 October 2013) Species Recovery Programme: species of the month. Featuring our species most in decline and how we are supporting their recovery.
(27 September 2013) Our Catchment Sensitive Farming team has linked up with EBLEX (the organisation for the beef and sheep industry in England) to host free, on-farm events this autumn aimed at reducing soil damage after wet weather.
(18 September 2013) A new website lists numerous volunteering opportunities for people who want to make a difference to their local natural environment in the North Chilterns.
(17 September 2013) Two huge sandbanks have been detected lying to the south east and northwest of the Isles of Scilly in the latest round of marine monitoring surveys carried out by Natural England and published today.
(17 September 2013) A bumblebee species driven to extinction in the UK has nested for the first time in a quarter of a century
(13 September 2013) The Greater London Authority Environment Committee held a debate on biodiversity and Green Infrastructure (GI) in London at a special review session on 11 September, and Adam Wallace - Natural England’s Area Manager for London - was there to participate as an expert witness and advisor.
(12 September 2013) Our ambitious project to produce 159 revised character areas for England by spring 2014 has reached a significant milestone as the 80th area profile, the Northumberland Sandstone Hills, has been published.
(6 September 2013) An old drystone wall near Glaisdale in North Yorkshire houses the largest number of ‘bee boles’ ever recorded in England and Scotland
(5 September 2013) Celebrations as one of the West Country’s premiere wetlands produces a bumper crop of rare birds.
(30 August 2013) Each month we'll be featuring a species that you could encounter on one of our beautiful National Nature Reserves.
(22 August 2013) A 300-home development with a 24-hectare country park is a shining example of what can be achieved when developers, councils and Natural England combine their expertise.
(21 August 2013) In May, Poul Christensen confirmed that he would not be seeking re-appointment as Natural England’s Chair, when his tenure ends on 31 December 2013.
(14 August 2013) A new study commissioned by Defra and Natural England shows the contribution that multifunctional green space or Green Infrastructure (GI) makes to economic growth at a local and national level.
(12 August 2013) Two new stretches of England’s Coast Path were approved recently between Allonby and Whitehaven in Cumbria (36km), and in the North East between North Gare in Hartlepool and South Bents in Sunderland (55km).
(7 August 2013) Proposals for a simplified range of government / agency guidance on species and habitat protection have been published today and are now available for comment.
(6 August 2013) A former Durham lead mine, a tomb with a view, and a white horse cut into a Dorset hillside are three projects supported by Natural England that are in the running for this year’s prestigious Heritage Angel Awards.
(2 August 2013) Holidaymakers visiting Cornwall this summer have been turning their backs on the perfect blue sea and golden beaches to take a walk across arable fields.
(31 July 2013) Voting is underway to pick a winner of the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award 2013. The judges have selected eight farmers from across the UK to go through to the final and now it’s up to the public to decide who they think should receive the prestigious award.
(30 July 2013) “Within a generation, island seabird colonies in south west England could be thriving and free from the threat of rats”.
(19 July 2013) Wildfires can have a devastating effect on our countryside and wildlife habitats. Although some are started deliberately, many of them are started due to carelessness.
(19 July 2013) Environmental Stewardship has played an important part in providing ideal breeding habitat for the wetland birds that arrive each year to nest on the Ouse Washes. This has paid dividends this year, with news that a pair of black-tailed godwits has successfully hatched out three chicks this summer.
(18 July 2013) Natural England, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust and other partners are welcoming Lord Sebastian Coe to Weymouth Bay to learn more about post Games Legacy projects outside London, as the first anniversary of the Games approaches.
(18 July 2013) The farming industry is the latest focus of the Government’s drive to remove red tape as Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson has called for views on how the Government can make regulation less burdensome for businesses and others in agriculture, animal health and welfare, and plant health and forestry.
(16 July 2013) This evening the magical ancient yew forest at Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve in West Sussex will be haunted by beautiful cello music.
(15 July 2013) With the unprecedented expansion of the UK’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) network the demands for obtaining quality marine data - which can often be expensive to collect and maintain – are ever increasing.
(12 July 2013) A groundbreaking toolkit which shows local economic planners how the natural environment can enhance economic growth and help avoid future costs to growth that could arise from the environment, has been launched today.
(5 July 2013) Coinciding with Empty Classroom Day – which celebrates all teaching activities that take place in the fresh air – a new web service is launched today to help teachers to deliver more outdoor learning.
(27 June 2013) Defra has today published the outcome of the Triennial Review of Natural England and the Environment Agency. Both organisations are to be retained as separate Non-Departmental Public Bodies and will retain their current statutory roles.
(26 June 2013) Limestone pavements are one of the most recognisable features of the southern Yorkshire Dales, and Ingleborough National Nature Reserve is one of the best places to see the unique mix of habitats and species established there since the Ice Ages.
(17 June 2013) East Dartmoor Woods and Heaths National Nature Reserve is the perfect laboratory for research to help halt the decline of woodland birds.
(12 June 2013) Summer is here, finally. With it comes a seasonal awareness that wildfires can break out in dry weather. In preparation, Natural England recently took part in two wildfire simulation exercises on Thursley National Nature Reserve (NNR) in Surrey.
(12 June 2013) This year’s Open Farm Sunday took place on 9 June and looks set to be one of the most successful ever! With fine weather and sunshine across most of the country, thousands of people headed out to visit one of the more than 365 local farms that took part this year.
(10 June 2013) Developers can now find essential planning advice from Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission in one simple document: Building a Better Environment.
(7 June 2013) The tide is turning for protection of the fascinating marine environment in British waters and there’s never been a more exciting time in marine conservation terms. Tomorrow (8 June) is World Oceans Day 2013 and Natural England’s Dr Jen Ashworth looks forward to the changes ahead in how we look after our marine environment.
(5 June 2013) 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 today.
(31 May 2013)
Dear Natural England Volunteer,
I want to thank you and the 3,000 other volunteers working in Natural England for all that you have contributed to our work, and achieved for Natural England and the natural environment.
(30 May 2013) The Uplands Evidence Review, which is published today, was undertaken to ensure that Natural England uses the most robust evidence available when formulating advice and taking decisions related to its work in the uplands.
(29 May 2013) An innovative new Tried & Tested guide and tool, ‘Feed Planning for Cattle and Sheep’, was launched on the Natural England and Catchment Sensitive Farming stand at last week’s Beef Expo 2013 show in Malvern.
(28 May 2013) Natural England Marine Director signals a new approach to the shellfishing industry in a speech delivered to the most important industry gathering last week.
(27 May 2013) For the first time in over 20 years, the birds for which Ravensdale is named have bred there successfully.
(24 May 2013) The population of lesser black-backed gulls at Bowland – which is a nationally important one - has declined in recent years. We are currently concerned at its low status.
(23 May 2013) The recovery of the common buzzard population in England is a fantastic conservation success story and we should celebrate the fact that they can regularly be seen soaring above the countryside in most areas of the country.
(22 May 2013) In February, Natural England confirmed that all criteria had been met to allow badger control to take place during the open season* in the pilot areas of west Somerset and west Gloucestershire, for the purpose of preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).
(17 May 2013) New guidance for bat surveyors and researchers on the use of capture and marking techniques, permissible under the authority of an appropriate licence, has been published by Natural England today.
(16 May 2013) Defra have launched an interactive website today to ask businesses, stakeholders and the public for their ideas on how environment guidance and reporting requirements can be made simpler and easier to find.
(9 May 2013) The Living with Environmental Change Partnership published the Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Impacts Report Card today - the first in a series of expert reports designed to inform government, land managers, environmental consultants and researchers about the current evidence on climate change impacts.
(8 May 2013) Poul Christensen, Chair of Natural England and one of the leading figures in UK agriculture, has been elected as President of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) - one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK.
(7 May 2013) Working with Local Enterprise Partnerships and City Deals to protect the environment and facilitate growth.
(3 May 2013) International Dawn Chorus Day is celebrated worldwide this Sunday (5 May), but a week earlier Natural England staged a dress rehearsal with a guided walk on Norfolk’s Bure Marshes National Nature Reserve (NNR).
(30 April 2013) As part of Natural England’s ongoing commitment to improving our current regulation system, the great crested newt (GCN) licensing process has been simplified, in a move designed to see more newt licence applications receiving a licence on first submission of the application.
(24 April 2013) Walk and Fork mobile app helps get the most of a day out in the countryside.
(15 April 2013) Farmers on the Somerset Levels and Moors, who are recovering from the devastating effects of last year’s weather, will be helped by a new Somerset County Council project, which has been backed by Natural England.
(15 April 2013) This highly acclaimed photography competition is now open for entries and the search for this year’s winner is on. Take inspiration from our photo gallery of previous winners, showing this country’s landscapes at their best.
(12 April 2013) And not a moment too soon! It’s been a long, cold winter, but it feels like spring has finally sprung as we start to welcome the new season to our National Nature Reserves.
(11 April 2013) A new 186-home development has been the catalyst for the creation of a 14-hectare natural recreation area thanks to the advice of Natural England.
(5 April 2013) Natural England has been enhancing its service to developers and planning consultants through staff interchange programmes.
(4 April 2013) This new report, looks in detail at our Integrated Monitoring programme and demonstrates the joint working in our approach.
(27 March 2013) Following on from yesterday’s Nature Improvement Area (NIA) forum, Natural England is keeping the focus at a landscape scale as it hosts a conference on large-scale conservation at the Barnes Wetland Centre in London.
(25 March 2013) A research project designed to address the difficult challenge of striking a balance between the long-term preservation of important bat colonies and the needs of the congregation of St Hilda’s Church in Ellerburn is set to begin this month.
(21 March 2013) The planning approval granted for the building of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station is a ringing endorsement of the pioneering role played by Natural England.
(15 March 2013) Once widespread across much of England and Wales, the turtle dove is well known in literature and folklore as a symbol of love and devotion. But turtle dove numbers have fallen dramatically in recent years and the breeding population is now less than a tenth of that in the 1970s.
(11 March 2013) The Natural Connections Demonstration Project is a pioneering project which will give children a whole range of benefits from learning outside in natural environments. Its logo, designed by a 12 year old competition winner, was unveiled earlier this month.
(5 March 2013) The benefits of green space to England’s economic, environmental and physical well-being will be outlined tomorrow (Wednesday) in a speech by Mike Grace, Natural England’s Head of Sustainable Land Use.
(1 March 2013) This month, detailed pond survey work will be carried out as part of a major project to develop robust evidence around the distribution of great crested newts (GCN) across England, creating a high-resolution model capable of accurately predicting their population levels in different habitats.
(1 March 2013) The mud and sand sediments that form in coastal and intertidal areas provide a crucial environment for a wide range of marine species and habitats, but whether these naturally dynamic environments recover from disturbance is not well understood.
(28 February 2013) A drive to increase the amount of green space in London has received a £25,000 boost from Natural England.
Prototype ‘My Environment’ web portal now live
(22 February 2013) Help us bring together all the best info on the natural environment by suggesting links to add to the My Environment signposting service.
(20 February 2013) Southampton's shipping lane is being expanded to allow the largest ships in the world to visit the port.
(15 February 2013) Has the mystery of Sir James Tillie’s final resting place been solved?
(11 February 2013) The first No-Take Zone in England marks its tenth anniversary
(8 February 2013) To recognise and celebrate the invaluable contribution that volunteers make to our work, we asked our staff to put forward their nominations for our new ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award. The results are now in.
(1 February 2013) This highly acclaimed photography competition is now open and ready to receive your entries for 2013. Be inspired by our gallery showing spellbinding wildlife imagery from last year.
(1 February 2013) Licensed bat surveyors will no longer be driven batty by paperwork, as Natural England unveils a new series of licences designed to reduce administrative burdens.
(31 January 2013) 2 February is World Wetlands Day marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
(29 January 2013) Terence O'Rourke and Natural England are working in partnership to explore how the considerations of the Habitats Regulations can be incorporated more efficiently and effectively into the delivery of development projects.
(29 January 2013) In the Natural Environment White Paper (July 2011), the Government set out its ambition ‘to see every child in England given the chance to experience and learn about the natural environment’.
My Environment launches app competition(18 January 2013)
Could you create an app that will appeal to mobile device users and help them to engage with nature? The app that best helps bring people closer to nature will win a £5,000 prize.
(10 January 2013) Plans to restore a vast area of milled peatland in north Cumbria back to fully-functioning, sustainable, raised bog are to be aired at a public meeting on Thursday 10 January at Hethersgill Village Hall.