Our reaction to EFRA and EAC reports on the draft Environment Bill

Today, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee released their report after their scrutiny of the draft Environment Bill. It follows the Environmental Audit Committee’s report on the draft Bill. Our Head of Government Affairs, Georgina Holmes-Skelton, gives her reaction below; “The EFRA and EAC reports show the growing consensus that the draft Environment Bill…

How do we join up nature policy? Part 1: 8 key questions

Nature is in troubling decline – the word ‘freefall’ may not be inappropriate – particularly when it comes to the loss of wildlife. To achieve the aim of restoring and protecting our natural environment, we’ll need to think and act big. At the National Trust, we’re no strangers to this. We aim to play our…

Recognising the history within the habitat

Our environment and landscapes are rich and multifaced. They are the products of interactions between man-made and natural features over thousands of years. It is therefore important to take a balanced approach to managing both natural and historic features, and seeking to protect and enhance both can be mutually beneficial for both of these aspects…

Government report shows the UK is set to miss biodiversity goals. How can we turn this around?

While eyes turn inwards to the focal point of Westminster this week, the Government dispatched a (metaphorical) passenger pigeon to the United Nations carrying its report on its progress against international wildlife (biodiversity) targets. Like the ill-fated passenger pigeon (which, at the hand of hunting, went from the world’s most numerous bird to globally extinct…