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About this site

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We are sorry that our website was down on Monday 1 August between approx 2pm-9pm due to a connectivity failure experienced by our service providers.

The Defra website changed at the end of March 2011.

  • The main Defra website is again at
  • Our old website has been moved to – it will remain available for a time at this address while we continue to work on migrating some content onto the new site.

We have put are putting in place redirections so that where people follow links to the old website, we will help them to find relevant material on the new site (as well as helping them to still follow old links where necessary).

Our approach

Our overall goal is to ensure that the new Defra website reflects the latest government policies and priorities, focuses on updated headline information covering all our main business areas, and directs people where appropriate to more detailed information elsewhere (eg Directgov or Business Link) or to key documents, legislation and guidance.  We want to make sure our information meets the needs of our customers, that it remains concise and easy-to-understand, and that we make the most popular or important information easy to find.

We regret any inconvenience caused by these necessary changes to improve our website.

We have taken the opportunity to add some new features, including a Twitter feed, and links to our pages on You Tube and Flickr. You can also subscribe to our news updates using an RSS feed.

For the technically minded, in the interests of speed and cost-effectiveness we are building the new site using open source WordPress software.

Page last modified: 1 August 2011