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  • 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
    Closed 7 May 2021
  • Implementing the Ivory Act

    The Ivory Act 2018, which received Royal Assent in 2018, will introduce one the toughest bans on elephant ivory sales in the world and showcase the UK as a global leader in animal conservation. When commenced, it will ban the dealing of items made of, or containing elephant ivory, regardless of... More
    Closed 4 May 2021
  • Amendments to the Flood Re Scheme

    We want to know what you think about our proposed amendments to the Flood Re Scheme. The joint government and industry Flood Re Scheme was designed to help households at high flood risk access affordable insurance. The proposed changes aim to: ... More
    Closed 26 April 2021
  • Bovine tuberculosis: call for views on possible future measures to accelerate disease eradication in England

    The end date for this call for views has been extended to 21st April 2021. In March 2020, the government published a response to Professor Sir Charles Godfray's review of England's Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) Strategy ('the Godfray Review'), setting out three top priorities for the next phase... More
    Closed 21 April 2021
  • ‘Best Available Techniques’– A future regime within the UK

    Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the UK Government the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government, and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland are firmly committed to providing a future regime for the development of... More
    Closed 18 April 2021
  • Open access restriction at Ham Fuel Depot (case number 2006050235)

    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 April 2021
  • Open access restriction at Steart Peninsula (case number 2020049167)

    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 April 2021
  • Open access restriction at Silence Mine (case number 2018088745)

    The Peak District National Park Authority 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... More
    Closed 9 April 2021
  • Local factors in managing flood and coastal erosion risk and Property Flood Resilience - call for evidence

    In July 2020 the government announced its long-term plan to create a nation more resilient to future flood and coastal erosion risk in its Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Policy Statement [1] . This ambitious plan sets out five key commitments – supported by... More
    Closed 29 March 2021
  • Formal Consultation - MMO management of fishing in marine protected areas

    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 are seeking views on the draft assessments and management measures proposed... More
    Closed 28 March 2021
  • Bovine tuberculosis: consultation on proposals to help eradicate the disease in England.

    The government published a response to the Godfray Review in March 2020, setting out three top priorities for the next phase of the bTB Strategy: • accelerating work to develop a deployable cattle vaccine in the next five years; • evolving the wildlife control policy,... More
    Closed 24 March 2021
  • Consultation on amending domestic food legislation in England

    Consultation on amending certain domestic food legislation in England Relating to: Bread and Flour Regulations 1998; Products Containing Meat etc (England) Regulations 2014; Jam and Similar Products (England) Regulations 2003, Spreadable Fats etc. (England) Regulations... More
    Closed 22 March 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
    Closed 17 March 2021
  • Interim Gamebird Release Licence in England

    In response to a legal challenge, the Secretary of State commissioned a review to consider the legislative arrangements around the release of the common pheasant and red-legged partridge on and around European protected sites and whether there are ways in which their effectiveness could be... More
    Closed 15 March 2021
  • 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
    Closed 1 March 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
    Closed 1 March 2021
  • 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
    Closed 26 February 2021
  • 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
    Closed 25 February 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
    Closed 17 February 2021
  • Dallow Downs and Winsdon Hill

    Dallow Downs and Winsdon Hill is located in Luton and was notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on 13 October 2020. Dallow Downs and Winsdon Hill is a nationally important site for its lowland calareous grassland and population of the nationally rare plant Great pignut... More
    Closed 15 February 2021
  • Cowslip Meadow

    Cowslip Meadow is located in Luton and was notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on 13 October 2020. Cowslip Meadow SSSI, covering an area of 6.36 ha, is a nationally important site for its species-rich lowland meadow and population of the Nationally Rare plant great... More
    Closed 15 February 2021
  • 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
    Closed 6 February 2021
  • 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
    Closed 29 January 2021
  • 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
    Closed 29 January 2021
  • 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
    Closed 26 January 2021
  • Local Air Quality Management Call for Evidence - Designation of Relevant Public Authorities

    This call for evidence seeks views on designation of Relevant Public Authorities under amendments to Part IV of the Environment Act 1995. Through the Environment Bill, we are amending the Environment Act 1995 to improve local collaboration by ensuring responsibility for tackling air pollution is... More
    Closed 25 January 2021
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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