Correspondence: Bovine TB: authorisation for badger control in 2020

Natural England has licensed and authorised 11 new badger control areas to begin operations in 2020. It has also authorised the licence holders to resume operations in 33 existing badger control areas in 2020. Licence holders met all the criteria specified in Defra’s guidance to Natural England, dated August 2020. Natural England has reissued the […]

News story: 2020 badger control licences published

News story: 2020 badger control licences published

Natural England has today (Monday 7 September) published licences for areas that will undertake badger control operations in England this autumn, in accordance with statutory guidance given by the Secretary of State. This includes the reauthorisation of licences for 33 existing areas alongside licences for 11 additional areas. Earlier this year, the government published its […]

News story: Operational update: COVID-19

News story: Operational update: COVID-19

In common with most organisations dealing with the effects of COVID-19, Natural England is following government guidance and taking all steps necessary to protect our staff and help prevent the spread of the virus. We also know that many people across the country rely on our services and we’re aiming to continue our essential operational […]

Restore nature to reduce the risk of flooding – Tony Juniper

Restore nature to reduce the risk of flooding – Tony Juniper

  As we reflect on the misery and pain dealt by recent floods, a consensus is emerging about the need to work more with nature in alleviating the scale and frequency of future incidents. The Environment Secretary, George Eustice, council leaders and residents have all spoken of how we might better use natural features and […]

Natural England’s new Handbook on creating a Nature Network

Natural England’s new Handbook on creating a Nature Network

Natural England’s Dr Humphrey Crick tells us about Natural England’s new Handbook for conservationists and planners that provides information on designing the best type of ‘Nature Network’. What is a ‘Nature Network’?  Nature Networks deliver for both wildlife and people. They are a collection of high-quality and well-connected areas that allow wildlife to thrive and […]

Natural England introduces charges for newt mitigation licences

Natural England introduces charges for newt mitigation licences

Jo Carter, Senior Adviser at Natural England tells us about new charges for great crested newt mitigation licences to help conserve the species and save time for developers. The introduction of charging for this licence continues the roll-out of charging for a variety of wildlife licences which began in 2019 after a consultation and a […]

Natural England publishes a new report on the state of our natural capital

Natural England publishes a new report on the state of our natural capital

Alice Lord, Natural Capital and Ecosystem Approach Specialist at Natural England, tells us about the newly-launched ‘National Natural Capital Atlas’. The atlas maps out our natural capital assets and describes the benefits that they provide for people. Nature provides people with a wide variety of benefits, for example, clean water, clean air, protection from hazards […]

Introducing a new Single Point of Contact for protected sites casework

Introducing a new Single Point of Contact for protected sites casework

Project Manager at Natural England, Charlotte Rose, tells us about Natural England’s new mailbox for protected sites casework. Today we have launched a new Single Point of Contact for protected sites casework. From this date, customers requesting our consent, assent or advice for Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) should use the new ProtectedSites@naturalengland.org.uk mailbox. […]

Natural England’s licensing statistics for 2018

                    One of my first priorities in the Autumn as Natural England’s Acting Director for our species licensing work was to make our licensing data publicly available. We stopped publishing these a few years ago, as the very low number of page visits that the annual […]