Consultation Hub

The site lists consultations that are run by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. On this site you can find, share or take part in consultations. Public participation is very important to the development of our policies so please have your say.

Open Consultations

  • Zoo Survey 1

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in England, in conjunction with the Scottish Government and Welsh Government, is updating the Secretary of State’s Standards of Modern Zoo Practice (SSSMZP). The SSSMZP were last updated in 2012, and the purpose of... More

    Closes 15 April 2020

  • Draft North West Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan Consultation

    Since 2016 the Draft North West Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan has been developed with stakeholders, providing a robust and evidence-based plan that is tailored to the economic, environmental and social needs of the north west inshore and offshore marine plan areas. The Draft... More

    Closes 20 April 2020

  • Draft South West Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan Consultation

    Since 2016 the Draft South West Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan has been developed with stakeholders, providing a robust and evidence-based plan that is tailored to the economic, environmental and social needs of the south west inshore and offshore marine plan areas. The Draft... More

    Closes 20 April 2020

  • Draft South East Inshore Marine Plan Consultation

    Since 2016 the Draft South East Inshore Marine Plan has been developed with stakeholders, providing a robust and evidence-based plan that is tailored to the economic, environmental and social needs of the south east inshore marine plan area. The Draft South East Inshore Marine Plan... More

    Closes 20 April 2020

  • Draft North East Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan Consultation

    Since 2016 the Draft North East Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan has been developed with stakeholders, providing a robust and evidence-based plan that is tailored to the economic, environmental and social needs of the north east inshore and offshore marine plan areas. The Draft... More

    Closes 20 April 2020

  • Open access restriction at Eccles-on-Sea (case number 2014117443)

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land.... More

    Closes 29 April 2020

  • Open Access Restriction at Scaup Pikes (case number 2020019028)

    The Forestry Commission is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common... More

    Closes 30 April 2020

  • Environmental Land Management: policy discussion

    Our Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELM) will be the cornerstone of our new agricultural policy. It will transform how we support the agricultural sector by rewarding farmers, foresters and other land managers with public money for public goods. We are using this... More

    Closes 5 May 2020

  • Johnsons' Meadows

    Johnsons' Meadows is located in Leicestershire and was notified as an Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on 31 January 2020. Johnsons' Meadows is a nationally important site because it supports the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) type MG5 crested dog’s-tail... More

    Closes 1 June 2020

Forthcoming Consultations

  • Open access restriction at Bickerley Common (case number 2007020060)

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land.... More

    Opens 8 April 2020

  • Open Access Restriction at Wirchet Quarry (case number 2020029078)

    The Forestry Commission is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common... More

    Opens 9 April 2020

Closed Consultations

  • Open access restriction at Sandy Point Nature Reserve (case number 2009030024)

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land.... More

    Closed 20 March 2020

  • Open access restriction at Bickerley Common (case number 2007020060)

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land.... More

    Closed 20 March 2020

  • Open access restriction at Old Lodge Nature Reserve (case number 2009030023)

    Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land.... More

    Closed 20 March 2020

  • Food origin labelling: enforcement

    The government is planning to introduce legislation that ensures we can enforce rules on labelling the Country of Origin or Place of Provenance of Primary Ingredients of Food where this is different to that of the food itself. The rules mean that, for example, a cheese labelled as being... More

    Closed 20 March 2020

  • Consultation on English reserve quota policy in 2020 and updates to the English Quota Management Rules

    We are consulting you about Defra’s policy on the allocation of reserve quota in England for 2020. We invite you to submit your views in response to the questions we have set out below. Please feel free to share this information with your members and colleagues. This... More

    Closed 9 March 2020

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

Natural England consulted with owner, occupiers and interested parties on the notification of The Leasowes Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on 7 February 2019.

You Said

Two objections were received relating to the notification of this land under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. However, both objections have subsequently been unconditionally withdrawn. Three representations of support were also received.

We Did

Natural England confirmed the notification of The Leasowes SSSI on 26 June 2019.

We Asked

Natural England consulted with owner, occupiers and interested parties on the notification of Down Farm Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on 7 February 2019.

You Said

No objections have been received relating to the notification of this land under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Four representations of support were received from Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dorset Wildlife Trust and West Dorset District Council.

We Did

Natural England confirmed the notification of Down Farm SSSI on 26 June 2019 without modification.

We Asked

Natural England consulted with the owners and interested parties on the notification of Oridge Street Meadows Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on 10 January 2019.

You Said

One objection was received relating to the notification of this land under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Three representations of support were also received through the online consultation.

We Did

Natural England Board considered the objection and representations at its meeting on 11 September 2019 and approved confirmation of the notification of Oridge Street Meadows SSSI without modification.