Issues, comment and opinion

The Wildlife Trusts campaign on national and local issues that affect wildlife and the natural environment. Here are some of our national campaigns, together with thoughts and writing on nature and nature conservation in the UK from politicians, naturalists, scientists and conservationists.....
 

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High Speed 2
 

Construction of High Speed 2 - a new high speed railway line from London to the West Midlands
 
 

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Common agricultural policy reform

If there’s one single thing that has shaped the UK’s countryside over the last 50 years, it’s the Common Agricultural Policy...
 

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Badgers and bovine TB

Bovine TB (bTB) costs the UK millions of pounds every year. However, we believe that a badger cull is not the answer.
 

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Richard Benyon MP

The Power of Partnership

"We have made huge strides since we launched the Natural Environment White Paper..."
 
 

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Richard Benyon MP

Nature Improvement Areas

"In your centenary year, The Wildlife Trusts have played a huge role in helping us deliver our vision for Nature Improvement Areas..."
 

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Dr Bob Watson

National Ecosystem Assessment

"The findings of the NEA have already had a profound impact on policy within England..."
 
 

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Nick Baker

Last of the pond-dippers

"Outdoor exploration of nature is vanishing from the mainstream, and unstructured play is nearly extinct..."
 
 
 

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Richard Benyon MP

Natural environment white paper

"Wildlife Trust members were among the 15,000 respondents to the discussion paper we launched last summer..."
 
 

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Stephanie Hilborne

Pre-Budget statement

"Now is the time for the natural environment to be placed at the heart of government policy on the environment, social well-being and the economy..."
 

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Dr David Counsell

2012 budget and planning reforms

"Changing the planning system to favour business could be bad for wildlife – and for people..."
 
 
 

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Joan Edwards

EU Habitats regulations review

"As Defra publishes the outcome of its review of EU Habitats regulations, Joan reflects on the relationship between conservation organisations and developers..."
 

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Dr David Counsell

National Planning Policy Framework

"The final version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) shows evidence that the Government has listened to concerns"
 
 

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Joan Edwards

20th anniversary of Habitats Directive

"EU member states unilaterally adopted this Directive in response to concerns about large scale declines in species and habitats..."
 

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Charles Clover

Expensive legacy of this wet winter?

Author and The Sunday Times' columnist, Charles Clover writes:  "People who work in flood defence dread the moment when the debate gets dirty and personal, when the floodwaters rise and the complaints and name-calling begins..."