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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 …

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 …

Tony Juniper: Green Paper – an opportunity for an integrated approach to Nature recovery

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Rocks with wild flowers growing and trees

During recent years there has been a very important shift in how we approach the task of looking after the natural world in England. Whereas once it was the idea of conservation that shaped ideas and actions, today the notion …

Wildfire: Why following the Countryside Code is essential in reducing the risk of fires in the countryside

Fire burning corn fields

  Wildfire. The term conjures up images of raging fires and smouldering forests, something we would usually expect to see on television from international news stations, caused by freak weather events. Unfortunately, so-called wildfires are all too common in England …

Licence issued for fifth year of hen harrier brood management trial

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Hen harrier in flight

Regular readers of this blog will be aware that Natural England is involved in several initiatives under the Hen Harrier Action Plan, one of which is the brood management trial. Natural England is committed to protecting and conserving hen harriers, …

Offshore wind – best practice advice to facilitate sustainable development

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Construction of an offshore wind farm in English waters

The Government has set ambitious targets for offshore wind and the recent British Energy Security Strategy is clear that offshore wind has a key role to play in tackling climate change and the UK’s move towards Net Zero, setting a …

Social Prescribing: the power of nature as treatment

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Mother and son exploring park

Taking place between 4-11 March, Social Prescribing Week saw a national celebration for social prescribing. Across the country, organisations shared their stories on social media and at national and international conferences about the activities they were undertaking to make a …

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, …