Scientists say there is hope that some ash forests will be able to survive a devastating tree disease.
Developers in Britain could be required to put the environment at the heart of residential and commercial building and have to assess the type of habitat before submitting planning applications.
Defra has announced its new simplified Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) options are open for business, alongside a sister scheme offering grants for the restoration of hedgerows and boundaries.
A council has been accused of “double standards” after one of its contractors was pictured trimming hedges in the peak of the bird nesting season.
Lawyers and ecologists say that EU directives and European-derived regulations that relate to wildlife protection and air quality limits are likely to remain in place despite the referendum outcome…
Lawyers insisted this week that despite the result of the EU referendum, developers would still have to comply with European-derived regulations which augment the planning system like environmental impact assessment (EIA), air quality limits and habitats protection.
“Many of these will be extremely difficult to unpick, and some reflect international treaty obligations, so are likely to remain, even when the UK finally leaves” said Angus Walker, a senior partner at law firm BDB.
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