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Double down on delivery or Government nature targets will just be daydreams, says environment coalition

Published on: 18 January 2024

In the first major review of the Environment Improvement Plan, Government advisors warn that the Government is off-track, and risks missing the legally-binding target to halt nature decline by 2030.

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Government grants use of banned pesticide for fourth consecutive year

Published on: 18 January 2024

Emergency use of Cruiser SB granted for sugar beet crop - the fourth year running that its use has been permitted since a ban was put in place

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Government grants use of banned pesticide for fourth consecutive year

Published on: 18 January 2024

Emergency use of Cruiser SB granted for sugar beet crop - the fourth year running that its use has been permitted since a ban was put in place

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Leaders of environmental organisations meet with Sir Keir Starmer

Published on: 12 January 2024

On 9th January, the CEOs of five environmental organisations met with Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party and Steve Reed, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to discuss the policy interventions needed to achieve net zero by 2050 and to halt the decline of nature by 2030.

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Wildlife and Countryside Link reacts to UK Government Farming Scheme announcement

Published on: 4 January 2024

Following today’s (4th January) announcement by the Secretary of State on updates to the UK’s farming schemes, nature coalition group Wildlife and Countryside Link has welcomed the announcement but has called on the government to support a more holistic approach to sustainable farm payments which enable environmental recovery at scale and to make good on its commitment to regulatory reform.

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“DEFRA has been in hibernation” Nature charities sound wake-up call for UK to meet global environmental targets

Published on: 14 December 2023

A year on from a global pledge to halt the decline of nature by 2030, signed by the UK at COP15, nature groups are warning that the UK risks missing the targets.

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Wildlife and Countryside Link reacts to COP28 Nature Day announcements from Government

Published on: 9 December 2023

Following the announcement of the UK’s roadmap to protecting 30% of land and sea for nature by 2030, nature coalition group Wildlife and Countryside Link has welcomed the announcement, but called for urgent action to restore protected nature sites currently in poor condition. The group has also highlighted the need for a massive boost in funding for nature.

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Low convictions allowing wildlife crime to go unpunished, say nature groups

Published on: 5 December 2023

The Wildlife Crime Report for 2022, compiled by Wildlife and Countryside Link, with information from groups including RSPB, WWF UK, and the League Against Cruel Sports, has shown that convictions for crime against wildlife in 2022 decreased substantially. This is despite a record number of reports of wildlife crime over 2021.

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PFAS pollution warning signal, with freshwater fish containing up to 1000 times EU safe levels

Published on: 4 December 2023

PFAS pollution warning signal, with freshwater fish containing up to 1000 times EU safe levels

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Devolution of environment policy in jeopardy, say NGOs

Published on: 27 October 2023

Environmental organisations write to the Prime Minister, setting out a series of problems for environmental policy-making caused by the Internal Market Act, passed in 2020 following Brexit.

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