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  • Changes to the measurement (metric) used to report on the condition of SSSIs in England

    Natural England is seeking views on the proposed change to the measurement used in the reporting of SSSI condition in England. The changes will be a move from a unit or area based assessment to one which measures the condition of a notified feature across the whole of the SSSI. ... More
    Closed 18 January 2021
  • Updating the UK Plan for Shipments of Waste

    The UK Plan for Shipments of Waste implements the UK government policy of self-sufficiency in waste disposal, by prohibiting imports and exports of waste to and from the UK for disposal. This policy is subject to some limited exceptions which are outlined in the UK Plan. The UK Plan was last... More
    Opened 18 January 2021
  • Open access restriction at Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve (case numbers: 2015118003 and 2015118004)

    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 8 January 2021
  • Open access restriction at Stiperstones National Nature Reserve (case numbers: 2014107424, 2014107425, 2014107426, 2014107427, 2014107428, 2014107429, 2014107430 and 2014107431)

    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 8 January 2021
  • Cotswold Water Park SSSI

    The Cotswold Water Park is a 40 square mile complex of 177 lakes formed by gravel workings on the borders of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. There are two principal blocks of lakes: a larger one in the west centred on Ashton Keynes and a smaller eastern one centred on Fairford,... More
    Opened 7 January 2021
  • The regulation of genetic technologies

    This consultation is about the regulation of genetic technologies. It mainly focuses on the regulation of gene edited (GE) organisms possessing genetic changes which could have been introduced by traditional breeding. This is covered in part 1 of the consultation. ... More
    Opened 7 January 2021
  • Pinkworthy and Driver Farm SSSI

    Pinkworthy and Driver Farm is located in Somerset and was notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on 7 January 2021. Pinkworthy and Driver Farm SSSI is of special interest for its nationally important assemblage of grassland fungi its species-rich lowland dry... More
    Opened 7 January 2021
  • Call for Evidence on the Scale of Shark Fin Trade in the UK and Possible Impacts of Stricter Controls

    The UK has a strong track record in marine conservation and places great importance on ensuring appropriate protection and management is in place for all shark species. Following the end of the Transition period we will explore options consistent with World Trade Organisation rules to address... More
    Closed 4 January 2021
  • Cat and Dog Microchipping and Scanning in England

    We are launching this consultation to seek your views on proposals to make cat microchipping a compulsory requirement of cat ownership in England. We are also taking this opportunity to consult on the compulsory scanning of pets (dogs and cats) for microchips. More
    Opened 23 December 2020
  • Open access restriction at Stert Flats (case number 2014107416)

    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
    Opened 18 December 2020
  • Open access restriction at Stert Point (case number 2014107415)

    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
    Opened 18 December 2020
  • Call for evidence - MMO assessment of fishing and non-licensable activity impacts in Marine Protected Areas

    This consultation has now closed. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is the government’s principal regulator for most activities in English waters. This includes the management of activities in marine protected areas (MPAs). We were seeking views on the draft... More
    Closed 15 December 2020
  • Open access restriction at Delacroix (case number 2016018022)

    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 14 December 2020
  • Primates as pets in England

    We are launching this consultation to seek your views on whether the Government should bring forward legislation to ban the keeping of primates as pets in England. A primate [1] is any member of the biological order Primates; this includes all the species commonly referred to as lemurs,... More
    Opened 12 December 2020
  • Sustainable Use of Pesticides: Draft National Action Plan

    We want to know what you think about our draft revised UK National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides. The plan covers the next five years and aims to minimise the risks and impacts of pesticides to human health and the environment, while ensuring pests and pesticide resistance... More
    Opened 4 December 2020
  • Improvements to animal welfare in transport

    The current rules aimed at protecting animal welfare in transport are derived from directly applicable EU law, Council Regulation No 1/2005. The Regulation sets out the requirements that anyone transporting animals in connection with an economic activity must comply with. There are growing... More
    Opened 3 December 2020
  • Fisheries: Remote Electronic (REM) Monitoring Call for Evidence

    From January 2021, at the end of the transition period, the UK will, as an independent coastal State, control and manage the resources in our waters. With a new way paved for our country, our marine environment and our fishing industry, it is important to think about long-term ambitions. ... More
    Closed 30 November 2020
  • Aarhus National Implementation Report 2021

    The UK is a Party to the Aarhus Convention, a UNECE treaty which provides for access to information, public participation in decision making and access to justice in environmental matters. More
    Closed 27 November 2020
  • UK Pollutant Release and Transfer Register: National Implementation Report 2021

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Implementation of the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) under the Kiev Protocol – Call for views October 2020 Introduction The UK has a publicly available inventory... More
    Closed 27 November 2020
  • Updated UK Marine Strategy Part Two: marine monitoring

    Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government are seeking views on the updated marine monitoring programmes for the state of the UK’s seas for each of the UK Marine Strategy descriptors. The consultation document sets out the... More
    Closed 17 November 2020
  • Fisheries: Apportioning additional quota between the UK administrations: UK and the Crown Dependencies

    In January 2021, at the end of the transition period, the UK will be an independent coastal State with rights and duties under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to control and manage the resources in our waters. We will have left the Common Fisheries Policy and will no longer be bound... More
    Closed 10 November 2020
  • Fisheries: Quota allocation and management in 2021 and beyond: England and the Crown Dependencies

    In January 2021, at the end of the transition period, the UK will be an independent coastal State with rights under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to control and manage the resources in our waters. We will have left the Common Fisheries Policy and will no longer be bound by the EU’s... More
    Closed 10 November 2020
  • Fisheries economic link licence condition in England

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on proposals to strengthen the economic link condition in order to increase benefits of UK fishing quotas across the UK and, in particular, to coastal communities. More
    Closed 10 November 2020
  • Consultation on WEEE Compliance Fee Methodology 2020

    The UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2013 establish a system in which producers of equipment are required to finance the cost of collection, treatment, recovery and recycling of WEEE arising from private households. The WEEE Regulations establish a system of annual... More
    Closed 9 November 2020
  • Reducing ammonia emissions from urea fertilisers

    Ammonia is an air pollutant that is detrimental to our natural environment and is a pre-curser to particulate matter, which is detrimental to human health. Our statutory obligations to restore our degraded habitats and to reduce our ammonia emissions by 8% by 2020 and by 16% by 2030 mean that... More
    Opened 3 November 2020
  • Reigate Heath SSSI

    Reigate Heath is located in Surrey and was previously notified in 1986 as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Reigate Heath SSSI has now been extended under Section 28B of the Wildlife and Contryside Act 1981 and notified on 30 October 2020. Reigate Heath is a nationally important... More
    Opened 30 October 2020
  • Open access restriction at Pevensey Levels NNR (case number 2015027550)

    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 26 October 2020
  • Open access restriction at Stodmarsh NNR (case number 2015067839 & 2015067840)

    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 26 October 2020
  • Open Access Restriction at Stower Hill (case number 2020079265)

    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
    Closed 26 October 2020
  • Open Access Restriction at Wellhaugh (case number 2020089269)

    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
    Closed 26 October 2020
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