From Defra  About blocking in-field drains in grassland You can block in-field drains or remove them to restore natural flows of water through grassland. The natural passage of freshwater through rocks, soil and over land supports many habitats and species. If you use artificial surface and sub-surface drainage, it will change the natural flow of […]

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Government have made a number of changes to the Environment Bill prompted by collaborative campaign by the Wildlife groups. Defra:  Landmark Environment Bill strengthened to halt biodiversity loss by 2030 New strengthened Government commitments to protect the environment for future generations made today in landmark Environment Bill amendments. The Government has strengthened its commitment to […]

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Defra plastic waste https://www.gov.uk/government/news/next-steps-to-tackle-plastic-waste Next steps to tackle plastic waste Government to consult on banning a range of polluting plastics this Autumn, with single-use plastic plates, cutlery and polystyrene cups under review The war on plastic waste is set to be ramped up with fresh plans to stop the supply of a range of single-use […]

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There are a number of new documents on the Defra website relating to water and habitats – ponds, lakes, ditches etc., which seem to have been released to support the sustainable farming initiative. Create ponds and lakes Find out how land managers can create new clean freshwater ponds and lakes to benefit wildlife and improve […]

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