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Bees’ Needs: Why Air Pollution matters to Pollinators

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Bumble bee collects pollen from purple flowers

Bees are undeniably beautiful and fascinating insects, but what many people do not always realise is how vital they are for a healthy environment and healthy economy. The vast majority of our food and wildflowers rely on pollination, which bees …

New Grant Scheme Opens: Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change at the Landscape Scale

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In 2021, we launched a new £12.5m pilot programme funded by Treasury’s Shared Outcomes Fund to research and tackle biodiversity loss and climate change. The pilot programme aims to test approaches for creating and restoring species rich habitats, such as …

People and Nature Survey: How has COVID-19 changed the way we engage with nature?

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Many people sat within an urban park

 Dr Tom Marshall, Senior Responsible Officer for the People and Nature Survey shares what new data can tell us about how our relationship with nature has changed since coronavirus.  It has been over two years since coronavirus restrictions were first …

Living England: From Satellite Imagery to a National Scale Habitat Map

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A new map that shows the extent and distribution of habitats in England has been launched on 5 April 2022. This probability map, which is freely available to view and use, will provide important data for environmental policy decision making, …

Chief Scientist Report 2021. Good, better, best: using the best available evidence in nature’s recovery

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children playing in a corn field

Dr Tim Hill, Chief Scientist at Natural England, tells us about the publication of Natural England’s fourth Chief Scientist Report. Our mission within the Chief Scientist Directorate at Natural England, is to ‘…develop evidence and provide scientific advice to drive …

Hen harrier monitoring, and the actions taken when a tagged bird is lost

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Juvenile male hen harrier

Alongside our partners, Natural England is involved in a number of initiatives to support the recovery of hen harriers in England, including satellite tracking birds to investigate patterns of dispersal and survival. In this blog, we will share the latest …

Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change at the Landscape Scale: a new £12.5m pilot programme

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Natural habitats, such as peatlands, forests, saltmarsh and grasslands contain large amounts of carbon and will play an important part in reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions.  There are two aspects to this: stopping emissions from damaged habitats and starting …

Natural England publishes major new report on carbon storage and sequestration by habitat

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lowland bog under blue sky

Natural England has released a new report on carbon storage and sequestration, the impact that different UK habitats can have in taking carbon out of the atmosphere and helping us hit net zero by 2050, whilst delivering for both biodiversity and conservation