Caroline Lucas MP refers Energy Royd criticism of Environmental Audit Committee to its Chair


Caroline Lucas MP, who is a member of the Environmental Audit Committee, has emailed to say:

Thank you for your email and comments about the Environmental Audit Committee’s wildlife crime inquiry. I am sorry that you did not feel the investigation was sufficiently rigorous and am happy to pass on your feedback to the Chair. I appreciate you getting in touch and sharing your concerns.”

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Environmental Information Regulations request to Natural England 28 Sept 2012

Here is Natural England’s reply -1710 to the Environmental Information Regulations request that I made on 28 Sept 2012, as follows:

1. What form and process does Natural England’s “appropriate assessment” take when drawing up Consents and Management Agreements for land management on Natura 2000 sites (aka Europe 2000 sites)?

2. Is this the same as carrying out a Habitat Regulations Assessment?

3. How many Natural England Consents for Natura 2000 sites permit blanket bog burning and draining?
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Environmental Audit Committee let Natural England off the hook about enforcing law on Walshaw Moor Estate

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee took oral evidence on wildlife crime on Wednesday 16 May 2012, as part of its audit of “how effectively the Environment Agency and Natural England enforce laws about wildlife crime.”

From the transcript, the audit seems pretty lax. The MPs’ superficial questions failed to focus in adequate detail on whether Natural England has effectively enforced wildlife protection laws on Walshaw Moor Estate (WME).

As a result, the European Commission is the next port of call for organisations and individuals who want to investigate whether Natural England has acted unlawfully, in failing to provide adequate conservation protection to the Walshaw Moor Estate Site of Special Scientific Interest and Natura 2000 site.
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