National News

Nature Check: What the Government Has Achieved

Wildlife and Countryside LINK, a coalition of 35 voluntary conservation organisations have published Nature Check: An analysis of the Government’s natural environment commitments. The report analyses 16 separate commitments the Coalition Government has made towards the natural environment, assessing them on their progress against timescale and how well they have been delivered. Download the report

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Bathing water results for 2011

Defra have published details of the 2011 bathing water results – a mixed picture for the North West with 24 beaches meeting the mandatory bathing water requirements compared to 27 in 2010, however 9 of these achieved the exacting requirements of the revised Bathing Water Directive standards (current ‘guideline’ status) compared to only 6 last year. However

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National Policy Statement for Ports

The Department for Transport has published the National Policy Statement for Ports. To download the document, visit

UK SeaMap 2010

The JNCC has published ‘UK SeaMap2010 – Predictive mapping of seabed habitats in UK waters’. The map provides a full coverage predictive seabed habitat for  the sublittoral UK marine area, filling in the geographic gaps evident in earlier predictive mapping projects. Download the report here:

MMO Publish Fisheries Statistics

The Marine Management Organisation has published the UK Sea Fisheries Statistics 2010. Download the report and data files here:

Proposed MCZs – Interactive Map

The Guardian has posted an interactive map of the proposed English marine conservation zones, allowing users to see the recommended MCZs, the recommended reference areas and project boundaries. Click here to see the map.

MMO Publish Socio-Economic Study

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) have released their first commissioned study of socio-economic factors in marine planning. The independent study is a new resource that helps marine planners, developers and local authorities and others with an interest in sustainable development in the marine area to understand various issues affecting coastal communities. The full report, “Maximising

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The Heritage Value of Modern Shipwrecks

English Heritage, with funding from MEDIN,  has completed a project to expand its database of historic wrecks to include postwar losses. The research has resulted in the recording of over 500 new shipwrecks, the full details of which, along with details of all other sites that make up the National Record of the Historic Environment

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Defra Launch Grant Scheme for Nature Improvement Areas

Defra has launched a new grant scheme to establish Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs). NIAs are large, discrete areas that will deliver a step change in nature conservation, where a local partnership has a shared vision for their natural environment. The partnership will plan and deliver significant improvements for wildlife and people through the sustainable use of natural

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Flood and coastal erosion risk management progress report 2008-2011 for England

The Environment Agency has published a short document summarising its work towards achievement of Defra outcome measures between 2008 and 2011, during which it achieved and exceeded all the main targets, with the exception of one covering intertidal habitats. Download the report here: