(23 December 2009) Natural England has confirmed today (23 December) that grants for farmers of energy crops will rise next year.
(23 December 2009) Natural England publishes a wide range of science and technical reports to help support our environmental delivery work and ensure that our advice, to Government and others, is based on the best available evidence.
(17 December 2009) WWII bomber base confirmed as one of England’s top nature conservation sites
(15 December 2009) Make a date with nature on a National Nature Reserve this winter.
(14 December 2009) A helping hand for England’s threatened juniper
(11 December 2009) Natural England today announced that it will launch a public consultation on four proposed extensions to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. The new areas lie between the two National Parks and the consultation will seek views on whether they have the qualities necessary to be in a National Park, whether they should be given National Park status, and where the boundaries should be drawn.
(10 December 2009) Water-based activities, community woodlands and farms opened up and support for groups widened.
(10 December 2009) Alarming progression of ocean acidity posing major threat to marine ecosystems.
(8 December 2009) European marine experts gathered in London today (Tuesday 8 December) for a two-day conference to share best practice for international marine protected areas. Hosted by Natural England, the conference is called ‘Sea change: securing a future for Europe’s seas’.
(3 December 2009) Poul Christensen – one of the leading figures in UK agriculture and the environment for the last thirty years – has today been confirmed as the Chair of Natural England, the government’s wildlife and conservation adviser.
(2 December 2009) Natural England and Prue Leith launch The Nature of Food.
(2 December 2009) Recovery Project and Environmental Stewardship schemes help to protect one of England’s most vulnerable birds.
(1 December 2009) Go for a “wild walk” in the glorious English countryside this Christmas
(27 November 2009) A formal consultation on 12 proposed new marine conservation sites starts today (27 Nov 2009). The sites are being put forward as the latest additions to the ‘Natura 2000’ network of European protected areas designed to protect important habitats, species and birds.
(26 November 2009) Natural England welcomes Ofwat support for multi-billion investment in the natural environment.
(25 November 2009) Due to the timing of new mapping data from the Rural Land Register (RLR) and enhancements to Environmental Stewardship, Natural England will need to make short-term changes to the processing of new ELS agreements.
(17 November 2009) New report highlights global decline of vital coastal carbon sinks.
(12 November 2009) Natural England hails Marine and Coastal Access Act as once in lifetime opportunity for marine conservation.
(12 November 2009) Following today’s Royal Assent for the Marine and Coastal Access Act, Natural England has heralded the legislation as marking a landmark moment in the history of countryside access.
(12 November 2009) A living landscape becomes a 21st Century National Park.
(12 November 2009) On-the ground trials launched to pioneer new forms of sustainable upland land management.
Expedition underway to retrieve bumblebee queens from New Zealand.
Unique bumblebee field guide is revised and republished in response to public request.
(10 November 2009) Natural England publishes a wide range of science and technical reports to help support our environmental delivery work and ensure that our advice, to Government and others, is based on the best available evidence.
(5 November 2009) Expansion of Environmental Stewardship schemes is the key to safeguarding the gains made by set-aside, said Natural England in response to today’s launch of the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE).
(4 November 2009) The most comprehensive analysis of agri-environment schemes (AES) yet undertaken is published today by Natural England. Titled “Agri-environment schemes in England 2009: A review of results and effectiveness”, the report draws on research from the entire 22-year history of the schemes and analyses the impact they have made on England’s farmed environment.
(3 November 2009) Natural England gives green light to 10:10 campaign
(3 November 2009) Focus on Green Infrastructure as Natural England launches developer partnership at the 2009 Thames Gateway Forum.
(2 November 2009) Only six successful hen harrier nests in 2009
(20 October 2009) Homeowner encouraged to go through planning system to resolve coastal defence controversy.
Natural England today published a major report showing that investment in the natural environment is critical to long term economic prosperity and that natural services provide a highly cost effective solution to growing problems like flood and coastal defence, carbon emissions and the preservation of soil, water and air quality.
(12 October 2009) The famous plateau of Kinder Scout was today (Sunday 11 October) officially declared a National Nature Reserve (NNR) by Natural England. Located in the heart of the Peak District and one of the most familiar landscapes in Britain, Kinder has a proud place in the campaigns to improve public access to England’s countryside. Now with NNR status it joins a range of other upland NNRs helping to conserve our most vulnerable habitats.
(3 October 2009) Earlier this week, Natural England announced changes to the licensing situation, which will be implemented from 1 January 2010, regarding the control of monk and ring-necked parakeets. Some media reports have indicated that Natural England is calling for the eradication of these species. We are not.
(2 October 2009) Natural England publishes a wide range of science and technical reports to help support our environmental delivery work and ensure that our advice, to Government and others, is based on the best available evidence.
(30 September 2009) Natural England has today (Wednesday 30 September) announced the outcome of its public consultation on ‘General Licences’ for wildlife.
Natural England launches “virtual nature reserve” linking the country’s gardens and open spaces
Launch of England’s ‘Big Wildlife Garden School of the Year’ competition
(24 September 2009) Natural England, and the RSPB, assisted by the Forestry Commission, have been looking at the feasibility of re-introducing the white-tailed eagle - also known as the sea eagle - to East Anglia, and the Suffolk coast is being considered as a possible future home for white-tailed eagles
(10 September 2009) Natural England’s survey highlights public demand for sustainable fisheries
(7 September 2009) Increase for one of Britain’s most threatened birds.
(4 September 2009) Schoolchildren across England and Wales have the chance to get their hands on free Ordnance Survey maps, as the national mapping agency launches the Free maps for 11-year-olds scheme today (4 September).
(1 September 2009) Natural England announces new funding for a ‘Wetland Vision’
(28 August 2009) The Blue Gym aims to promote health and well being in the natural environment and save millions of pounds for the NHS.
(19 August 2009) Natural England publishes a wide range of science and technical reports to help support our environmental delivery work and ensure that our advice, to Government and others, is based on the best available evidence.
(18 August 2009) England's coastline is spectacularly beautiful, rich in wildlife and hugely popular.
(5 August 2009) Omlet and Natural England introduce the new ‘Beehaus’ urban beehive
(31 July 2009)
Natural England publishes region by region maps showing that the public do not have full access to over a third of England’s coastline
(29 July 2009) Natural England welcomes today’s report by the Innovation, Universities, Skills and Science Committee on Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
(27 July 2009) Natural England and the English National Park Authorities Association (ENPAA) are today announcing the start of a new shared agreement between the two organisations that commits both to work together to ensure National Parks continue to be places of rich environmental value that are enjoyed by all.
(27 July 2009) Natural England says pull on your boots and enjoy our spectacular National Trails this summer.
(24 July 2009) Natural England wishes to correct the article in today’s Daily Telegraph “Build wind farms in National Parks, says Natural England chief” which is a misrepresentation of Natural England’s position.
(23 July 2009) Continued investment crucial to improving quality and sustainability of water resources and a shift to better management of water catchments brings promise of wide-ranging gains for environment and customers.
(22 July 2009) Natural England launches ‘Natural Health Service’ focused on health benefits of green spaces - Major expansion in health walks announced - New research reinforces evidence of link between lack of access to open spaces and obesity.
(20 July 2009) Eco-towns must be genuinely sustainable and the standards that are being proposed for them should be part of all urban development said Natural England today.
(16 July 2009) Natural England welcomes role of National Fishing Week as opportunity to raise awareness of natural environment
(15 July 2009) Natural England welcomes the Energy White Paper as a once in a lifetime opportunity to deal with the impacts of climate change.
(9 July 2009) Following today’s decision by the Environment Secretary to adopt a voluntary approach to set-aside mitigation, Natural England has highlighted the vital role the farming industry must play to ensure that the value of the farmed environment can be effectively maintained alongside food production.
(7 July 2009) Natural England welcomes the report by the Public Accounts Committee into Natural England’s role in improving SSSIs.
(6 July 2009) Sponsoring a new ‘Green Award’, Natural England today celebrated the dedicated work of council workers who have made most difference for their environment.
(2 July 2009) A man has been ordered to restore an area of the Cam Washes Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) near Wicken after constructing a track and a car parking area through an important wildlife habitat.
(23 June 2009) Celebrate the summer holidays with Natural England’s special programme of family days out on National Nature Reserves.
(18 June 2009) Critical environmental services can only be secured if we enable the natural environment to adapt in the face of climate change.
(5 June 2009) Natural England emphasises the importance of set-aside as it publishes its response to Defra’s consultation
In association with Natural England and the English National Parks Authorities.
Following the huge success and popularity of previous years, the search for the UK’s Landscape Photographer of the Year for 2009 is now well under way. Entrants have until 15 July to enter the ‘Take a view’ Awards by submitting their photographs of the British landscape.
(1 June 2009) Conservation partnership launches rescue mission for short-haired bumblebee
(28 May 2009) The latest assessment of the status of all of the UK’s 246 regularly occurring birds – Birds of Conservation Concern 3 – shows 52 are now of the highest conservation concern and have been placed on the assessment’s red list.
(28 May 2009) Natural England supports this year’s Open Farm Sunday and Poul Christensen, Natural England’s Acting Chair, opens his farm for this year’s event - Sunday 7 June
(22 May 2009) To mark International Biodiversity Day 2009, Natural England has today (Friday 22 May) published a major report identifying the potential for a number of non-native animal species to increase in number in England and become invasive.
(13 May 2009) More people across England will have the chance to benefit from access to parks, city farms and woods thanks to two new flagship projects announced by Natural England as part of its £25 million Lottery-funded grant programme ‘Access to Nature’ – a fitting celebration for its first year of funding.
(12 May 2009) Three men have been fined a total of £1,200 for damaging an internationally protected site, by deliberately setting fire to an area of moorland within the Peak District National Park.
(12 May 2009) Farmers looking to enter Environmental Stewardship will now be offered a greater range of options, making it easier for making it easier for them to join the 35,000 farmers already being paid to care for the environment, Natural England announced today.
(12 May 2009) Natural England welcomes the importance that the government has given to green infrastructure and green spaces in the Strategy for Improving Quality of Place (launched today).
(11 May 2009) Greener & Wiser – an older people’s environment manifesto launched today
(4 May 2009) Natural England to identify possible extensions to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park boundaries.
(1 May 2009) The Secretary of State has announced that he wishes to make two new appointments to Natural England’s Board. Closing date 18 May 2009.
(28 April 2009) The oceans are becoming more acidic at a faster rate than for 65 million years because of climate change, a report warned today (28 April 2009). The Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) report card says the increasing acidity of the oceans caused by carbon dioxide could affect the climate further and hit wildlife.
(21 April 2009) Natural England welcomes publication of draft Floods and Water Bill
(7 April 2009) Natural England today (Tuesday 7 April) continued to voice its support for water companies and their role in protecting the natural environment.
(2 April 2009) Woodlands, countryside and parks have become out of bounds to a generation of ‘cotton wool kids’ with fewer than ten percent playing in such places, according to new research results revealed today by Natural England.
(31 March 2009) New Park has critical role as green lung for millions
(31 March 2009) New climate change reports point to a changing face for England’s natural environment
(19 March 2009) Natural England and Nicholas Crane from the BBC’s Coast programme award local authorities for improving access to the natural environment
(18 March 2009) Natural England and the People’s Trust for Endangered Species assess feasibility of returning beavers to England.
(13 March 2009) Service of Celebration for Sir Martin Doughty at New Mills Town Hall, High Peak, Derbyshire, 2.00 Friday 13th March
(13 March 2009) A successful prosecution has been brought by Natural England against an individual for recklessly causing disturbance to birds by releasing their dogs on a nature reserve.*
(9 March 2009) Farmer fined for causing damage to protected site in Cumbria.
(5 March 2009) It is with great sadness that Natural England today announces the death of its Chair, Sir Martin Doughty.
(4 March 2009) Following the set-aside consultation announced by Defra today (Wednesday 4 March), Natural England welcomed Defra’s recognition of the environmental importance of set-aside - especially its role in reversing the long-standing decline of some of our farmland birds such as the skylark, corn bunting and lapwing - and the commitment shown to recapturing these and other environmental benefits that it produced.
(26 February 2009) Natural England is supporting the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s attempt to create the world’s largest bird feeder.
(16 February 2009) Ladybird spider creeps back from near extinction, thanks to Natural England’s Species Recovery Programme.
(12 February 2009) Ely Pits and Meadows in Cambridgeshire becomes first SSSI to be designated by Natural England.
(11 February 2009) Department of Health Physical Activity Plan highlights importance of Natural England’s Walking the Way to Health Initiative.
(9 February 2009) Natural England has announced that it will sponsor the 'Countryside Farmer of the Year Award', as part of the Farmers Weekly Awards 2009. The awards champion environmentally-friendly farming across the UK, and showcase the achievements of farmers and land managers.
(4 February 2009) Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a Declaration of Intent with Natural England (NE) to improve and preserve the natural environment that makes up the Defence estate.
(2 February 2009) California, USA. Natural England heralded today’s launch of ‘Ocean in Google Earth’, the newest version of Google Earth.
(27 February 2009) Dr Helen Phillips, Chief Executive of Natural England said: ”The UK Scallop Dredging Industry is quite wrong to believe that we have no interest in consultation or to claim that we have an agenda to close inshore scallop fisheries area by area.
(26 January 2009) Natural England urges government not to commit to tidal power without full understanding of environmental impacts.
(9 January 2009) Natural England yesterday lodged an appeal against the judgment in the Easton Bavents High Court case brought last month by Mr Peter Boggis.
(2 January 2009) First year of grant scheme sees £1.7 million allocated to improve people’s access to the natural environment.