Latest Natural England Stories

2012-04-19 20:16:48

Exercise in the open air is good for you, but if you want to reap the full benefits you should head for the coast or the countryside rather than an urban park. That is the conclusion of research by Katherine Ashbullby and Dr Mathew White from the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH), Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, and the School of Psychology, University of Plymouth. Mathew White is presenting the findings today (19 April) to the British Psychological...

2008-12-29 10:27:18

An agenda targeted at overturning the small numbers of the white-clawed crayfish has created 300 young this year alone in the UK. Natural England, the government's conservatory office, announced that the accomplishment of the breeding plan gave hope to the endangered species. The white-clawed crayfish is England's most threatened crustacean. Natural England and the Environment Agency are looking to secure funding and further develop the program, which started in 2003. The white-clawed...

2008-11-24 09:06:40

Conservationists are preparing to bring the sea eagle, the UK's biggest bird of prey, back home to England. The bird, nicknamed the "flying barn door" due to it's size, may be reintroduced to Norfolk next year if the plan is approved. The government's conservation agency, Natural England, the RSPB and Anglian Water anticipate bringing back the species. It was run out of England 200 years ago and disappeared entirely from the UK by 1918. The plans emerged after the sea eagle, also called...

2008-10-08 00:00:00

It Was not just people who suffered in the aftermath of East Yorkshire's devastating summer floods of last year. The human suffering grabbed the headlines, but the disaster also took its toll on the region's wildlife population. East Yorkshire's wildlife havens were affected, especially those along the River Hull corridor, including the Beverley and Driffield areas. Now the area has secured pounds136,500 from Natural England to help those wetland wildlife habitats recover after the...

2008-10-06 21:00:17

Birds including cirl buntings and twites will also benefit from the cash, as will wetland landscapes in various parts of the country plus marine species in the Isle of Scilly, Natural England said. The Government's conservation agency will also fund projects which aim to preserve traditional orchards and moves to restore hedgerows in an attempt to help hazel dormice. The programme aims to help some of England's most threatened species and habitats in an attempt to halt the loss of...

2008-09-25 00:00:00

Almost one in five people in the South West are blissfully unaware of the basking sharks, multi-coloured coral and fields of seagrass that lurk beneath the surface of the sea, a new report claims. Environment body Natural England has carried out research showing that just 18 per cent of people living in the South West believe the region's seas contain diverse populations and landscapes. To coincide with an awareness-raising publicity campaign, the organisation has produced a series of...

2008-08-07 09:00:29

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Hilary Benn visited the region for a tour of land stewardship schemes. Organised by Natural England, the tour was an opportunity for farmers and land managers in North Yorkshire to showcase the environmental benefits of moorland management schemes. Accompanied by Natural England chairman Sir Martin Doughty, Mr Benn visited the Grinton Estate grouse moor, in Swaledale, and Hazel Brow Farm, Reeth, where he received a Swaledale cheeses. After the tour, Mr Benn said:...

2008-07-22 18:00:34

AMBITIOUS Government plans to open up the North East and English coastline to the public have been criticised by MPs. The proposals are designed to give people access on foot to land around the coast with 1,400 miles of new or improved paths on the English coast. But the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Commons Select Committee yesterday said the scheme needed more "concrete safeguards" to protect landowners, businesses and farmers before any legislation went ahead. The committee...

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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.