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Biodiversity Metric Milestone - Defra consultation on the biodiversity metric

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The Secretary of State has now launched an 8-week consultation on the Biodiversity Metric to be used for the purpose of calculating biodiversity net gain as required under the 2021 Environment Act[1]. The Biodiversity Metric is a key tool that …

Marine net gain – leaving the marine environment in better state.

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Kelp forest and blue mussel bed, Cornwall.

Defra has just opened a 12-week consultation, seeking views on the proposed aims and principles of marine net gain and how to best introduce a net gain approach to infrastructure and development in the marine environment. Natural England welcomes this …

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 …

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 …

Natural England’s approach to large gull licensing in urban areas in 2021

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Gulls have become a common sight in English towns and cities, their presence often generating strong feelings. The two large gull species frequently seen are the lesser black-backed gull and herring gull. While natural-nesting populations - predominantly in rural areas …

Individual Licences for the Control of Wild Birds – an update on this year’s application process

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This week, Natural England launched a screening process for people planning to apply for an individual licence to control wild birds this year. This is specifically aimed at those practitioners who may have previously operated under the General Licence. We …

District level licensing for great crested newts – by numbers!

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Jen Almond, Programme Manager, District Level Licensing, Natural England District level licensing (DLL) for great crested newts is about using our regulatory powers to bring about improved conservation outcomes for our largest native newt. What’s more, the approach can also …