Looking towards COP26: April 2021 Policy News

Photo by Markus Spiske from Pexels This month we celebrated Earth Day and saw plans, targets, and strategies set in motion in the run-up to COP26, taking place in Glasgow at the end of this year.  UK The UK government has announced their most ambitious climate change target this month, to reduce carbon emissions by 78% by 2035. … Continue reading Looking towards COP26: April 2021 Policy News

Houston, we are ready for launch! March 2021 Policy News

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com This month saw the launch of many exciting projects, grant schemes and funding opportunities in our battle to fight climate change and create a greener, more sustainable planet.  UK The UK Budget was announced earlier this month with mixed reviews on the government’s funding towards its goal of net zero … Continue reading Houston, we are ready for launch! March 2021 Policy News

Plans, Protections, Peat and Prof Partha: February 2021 Policy News

Photo by Sean Paul Kinnear on Unsplash After a short break, we're back with our regular Policy News feature. Dive in for an overview of recent developments. UK Applications for the Countryside Stewardship Scheme opened this month for farmers and landowners to apply for funding to improve the natural environment within their land areas to … Continue reading Plans, Protections, Peat and Prof Partha: February 2021 Policy News

Bills, bills, bills: November 2020 Policy News

Both the Fisheries and Agriculture Bills have become law this month, with the Environment Bill returning to Parliament after a 10 month hiatus. Image: UK Parliament UK: The Fisheries Bill received Royal Assent after 10 months in Parliament, the UK’s first major domestic fisheries legislation in nearly 40 years. For an environmental perspective on this … Continue reading Bills, bills, bills: November 2020 Policy News

Invasive crayfish, agriculture reform, and rays of hope: October policy news

Photo by Fer Nando on Unsplash UK news -       The thirteenth update of the UK Biodiversity indicators has recently been published, which provide measures for reporting on international goals and targets. -       RSPB blog from Stuart Butchart on why birds provide reason for hope, through examples of successful species conservation, to accompany BirdLife Int.'s new report, Birds & Biodiversity Targets.   … Continue reading Invasive crayfish, agriculture reform, and rays of hope: October policy news

Missed global targets, timber talk, and green recovery grants: September 2020 Policy News

Defra have launched a consultation on proposals for a new law to prevent illegal forest conversion, SPICe have released a briefing on the multiple roles of Scottish woodlands, and the Forest Ecology Special Interest Group share their views on a controversial CONFOR report. Image: Karsten Berlin UK This month, the conservation community was rocked by … Continue reading Missed global targets, timber talk, and green recovery grants: September 2020 Policy News

Supply chains, Scottish Standards and Angelsharks: August 2020 Policy News

Natural Resources Wales have launched a five-year action plan to help safeguard Angelsharks, one of the world’s rarest shark species. Image: vivtony UK Plans to clamp down on illegal deforestation and protect rainforests have been published by the government on 25 August (summarised here), as it consults on a world-leading new law to clean up … Continue reading Supply chains, Scottish Standards and Angelsharks: August 2020 Policy News

July 2020 – Policy News

Scottish Natural Heritage have reported dramatic increases in the number of people visiting outdoor spaces. UK POST are running various online training sessions for researchers interested in using research to engage with Parliament from October to December 2020.UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee have launched an inquiry into the state of biodiversity and ecosystems in the … Continue reading July 2020 – Policy News

April 2020 – Policy News

First up this month, a new book from Bill Sutherland and colleagues, Conservation Research, Policy and Practice, has been published by the BES’s Ecological Reviews. Aimed at both researchers and practitioners, the book provides insights from scientists, government agencies and advisors, and NGOs on all aspects of how to get good evidence into conservation policy … Continue reading April 2020 – Policy News

February 2020 – Policy News

UK: Cabinet reshuffle results in a new Environment Minister. George Eustice MP has been a junior Minister in Defra since 2013. This month, he addressed the NFU annual conference on the future of greener farming, see his speech hereNew POSTnote published on climate change-biodiversity interactionsThoughts from Brexit & Environment team on the road ahead for the environment post-Brexit England: Defra … Continue reading February 2020 – Policy News

Making an Impact – presentations from our policy day

On Friday 6th March 2020, over forty people flocked to the BES Offices in London to learn more about Making an Impact: Understanding the ways you can engage with the UK Parliament and Policy. It was a hugely interesting and informative day, and we hope that people left understanding more about how they can get … Continue reading Making an Impact – presentations from our policy day

Making #PolicyImpacts: tips & advice from our latest event

Practical advice from the “Making an Impact: Understanding the ways you can engage with the UK Parliament and Policy” event, by Kasia Mikołajczak and Lydia Cole Chances are that if you’re reading this blog and working in ecology, it’s because you want your work to have a positive impact on the environment. And you’ve probably … Continue reading Making #PolicyImpacts: tips & advice from our latest event