Biodiversity

Reduced mowing by councils will protect wild flowers, says charity

09/04/2020

A conservation charity has said the lockdown will benefit wild flowers and help tackle the climate emergency as councils are forced to cancel roadside mowing.

Bristol declares ‘ecological emergency’

05/02/2020

Bristol has become the first major city to declare an ecological emergency in response to what it describes as escalating threats to wildlife and ecosystems.

What next for the Environment Bill?

04/12/2019

Simon Colvin explores what local government needs to know about the Environment Bill.

The biodiversity challenge

17/07/2019

Alex Robinson explains lessons for councils and their partners from Oxford City Council and Grosvenor’s approach at their Barton Park development.

Developers may be forced to make 'biodiversity net gain'

03/12/2018

Developers will have to improve habitats for wildlife under new rules proposed by environment secretary Michael Gove.

Council worker ‘mistakenly’ cuts Attenborough’s wildflower meadow

02/08/2018

A local authority worker has mistakenly mowed a meadow that was being used for David Attenborough's Big Butterfly Count.

Councils could save thousands with ‘bee-friendly’ policies

18/07/2018

Local authorities can save thousands of pounds by adopting ‘bee-friendly’ grass cutting plans, campaigners say.

Air pollution destroying roadside flowers warns charity

14/05/2018

Air pollution and bad management have caused the diversity of wild flowers on road verges to fall by 20%, new research has found.

Local authorities should produce ‘wildlife recovery maps’, campaigners say

02/05/2018

Councils should be required by law to provide maps of local areas that are important for wildlife to help increase the extent and quality of natural habitats, charity says.

Planning and Ecology

01/05/2018

How can local authorities realize the environmental benefits required by new government legislation? Karen Colebourn reports.

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