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An important step for England’s landscapes: welcoming the new Natural England Landscape Advisory Panel

I am delighted to announce that the new Natural England Landscape Advisory Panel meets for the first time today, which is an important step in our work to deliver more for and from England’s landscapes. Landscape is one of Natural …

Updates to planning guidance to help safeguard England’s protected species and ancient woodland, ancient and veteran trees

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A bluebell carpet at Thorpe Wood Peterborough

Recently we updated our standing advice to help local planning authorities take planning decisions which protect and enhance England’s irreplaceable ancient woodland, ancient and veteran trees and our rare and threatened species. Natural England’s role is to provide advice to …

Tony Juniper: second term is a chance to strengthen partnerships for Nature’s recovery

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Tony Juniper CBE, who has been reappointed as Chair of Natural England for a second term, reflects on the past three years and the opportunities that lie ahead   Back in 2019 I was honoured and delighted to be selected …

Urban gull licensing: a review of our organisational licence trial and plans for 2022

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A gull is stood on a rock with the ocean in the background.

The UK is home to a significant proportion of the world’s herring and lesser black-backed gull populations. Like all birds, they are protected by law and can only be controlled in England with a licence issued by Natural England. While …

Hen harrier monitoring, tagging and satellite tracking – latest data published

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For many years Natural England has been involved with monitoring, tagging and satellite tracking hen harriers. To date, more than 60 individual birds have been tagged by Natural England, helping to determine their fortunes and inform our wider hen harrier …

How Natural England’s Green Infrastructure Framework can help create better places to live

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The pandemic showed how important nature is to our health and wellbeing, but also how many people do not have access to high quality green space close to home. The Green Infrastructure Framework released today will help us achieve this …

Rewilding the Marches Mosses – Britain’s third largest raised bog

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By Dr. Joan Daniels, MBE, Natural England’s Marches Mosses BogLIFE Project Officer, at Fenn’s, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve.  For 30 years, I have been lucky enough to lead Natural England/Natural Resources Wales rewilding of the centre of …