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Air Quality Grant programme

Air Quality Grant programme

Successful local authorities will be awarded a share of £3.7m under this year’s Air Quality Grant scheme

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Avian flu confirmed at a farm near Redgrave in Suffolk

Avian flu confirmed at a farm near Redgrave in Suffolk

H5N8 avian flu has been confirmed at a poultry premises near Redgrave, in the district of mid-Suffolk.

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Update on biosecurity measures to protect against Avian Flu

Update on biosecurity measures to protect against Avian Flu

Initial plans to update temporary measures in place to reduce the risk of avian flu in England after 28 February.

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Avian flu confirmed at a farm in Wyre, Lancashire

Avian flu confirmed at a farm in Wyre, Lancashire

The UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed a second case of H5N8 avian flu at a premises in Wyre, Lancashire.

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Appointments to the Marine Management Organisation board

Appointments to the Marine Management Organisation board

The appointments will run 1 February 2017 until 31 January 2020.

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Avian flu confirmed at a farm in Preston, Lancashire

Avian flu confirmed at a farm in Preston, Lancashire

The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed H5N8 avian flu at a premises in Preston, Lancashire.

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Air pollution advice to the public

Air pollution advice to the public

For latest updates visit the Defra UK Air website at uk-air.defra.gov.uk.

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Climate change challenges set out in new national assessment

Climate change challenges set out in new national assessment

The Climate Change Risk Assessment will be followed by the National Adaptation Programme setting out how government addresses these risks.

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Peter Kendall reappointed AHDB Chair

Peter Kendall reappointed AHDB Chair

Sir Peter Kendall will remain Chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board following his reappointment.

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Defra Group in London to make Marsham Street move

Defra Group in London to make Marsham Street move

The move is set to reduce Defra’s London property costs by around £2 million a year.

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New Chair of the Adaptation Sub Committee announced

New Chair of the Adaptation Sub Committee announced

The Committee on Climate Change’s Adaptation Sub-Committee will have a new Chair from 1 February 2017

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Latest phase of discard ban takes effect

Latest phase of discard ban takes effect

As of 1 January, the next phase of the discard ban starts with fishermen now having to land cod and pollack.

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Avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2016 to 2017

Avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2016 to 2017

The latest situation on avian influenza (bird flu) and actions to reduce the risks.

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Environment Agency makes board appointment

Environment Agency makes board appointment

Richard Macdonald appointed as Deputy Chairman of the Environment Agency

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British food companies set to push culinary boundaries

British food companies set to push culinary boundaries

Thousands of businesses will have expert help to revolutionise food production

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Microbead ban announced to protect sealife

Microbead ban announced to protect sealife

Government announces plans to ban microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products.

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Further measures to eradicate bovine TB

Further measures to eradicate bovine TB

Farming Minister George Eustice announces new measures to tackle devastating disease

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Further measures to eradicate bovine TB

Further measures to eradicate bovine TB

Farming Minister George Eustice announces new measures to tackle devastating disease

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Secretary of State appoints new member to Natural England Board

Secretary of State appoints new member to Natural England Board

Secretary of State appoints Professor Michael Winter OBE to the Natural England Board

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National Parks to extend by size of Isle of Wight

National Parks to extend by size of Isle of Wight

Today the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park officially extended.

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Emma Howard Boyd announced as preferred candidate for Chairman of the Environment Agency

Emma Howard Boyd announced as preferred candidate for Chairman of the Environment Agency

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs made the announcement today.

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Yorkshire to bid for £150K food and tourism boost

Yorkshire to bid for £150K food and tourism boost

Food communities across the country encouraged to apply for new, dedicated, grant to champion regional food and drink.

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Bees' Needs: Food and a home

Bees' Needs: Food and a home

Five simple actions you can take to help make our environment more friendly for bees, butterflies, moths and other insect pollinators.

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Secretary of State appoints Maria Adebowale Schwarte to Environment Agency Board

Secretary of State appoints Maria Adebowale Schwarte to Environment Agency Board

Urban renewal expert appointed to the Board of the Environment Agency as natural environment lead.

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Defra extends RFCC Chair appointments

Defra extends RFCC Chair appointments

Four Chairs of the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) have had their appointments extended

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Environment Minister champions weekend walking trips

Environment Minister champions weekend walking trips

Environment Minister Rory Stewart encourages everyone to visit their nearest National Park or public woodland this Bank Holiday weekend.

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A new breakthrough on ash dieback

A new breakthrough on ash dieback

New report identifies genetic tolerance to ash dieback

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Compulsory dog microchipping comes into effect

Compulsory dog microchipping comes into effect

From today (6 April 2016) it will be compulsory for owners to ensure their dog is microchipped.

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World First Flood Re scheme open for business

World First Flood Re scheme open for business

Flood Re scheme officially open

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National Park Authorities, the Broads Authority and AONB Conservation Boards appointments

National Park Authorities, the Broads Authority and AONB Conservation Boards appointments

Appointments and re-appointments to the National Park Authorities, the Broads Authority and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Boards.

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First saplings planted in push for a million trees for schools

First saplings planted in push for a million trees for schools

A Government-backed scheme will give millions of children the chance to plant saplings in their school grounds and communities.

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£700m boost for flood defences brings £150m more for Yorkshire and Cumbria

£700m boost for flood defences brings £150m more for Yorkshire and Cumbria

The Chancellor announced an extra £700m in flood defence funding

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Fish free to roam our rivers could boost biodiversity

Fish free to roam our rivers could boost biodiversity

Rivers across England could benefit from new Government plans to help address declining freshwater fish stocks so native species can thrive

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Five simple steps to transform gardens in to ‘hedgehog havens’

Five simple steps to transform gardens in to ‘hedgehog havens’

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss today lent her support to campaigns encouraging local communities to make gardens 'hedgehog-friendly'.

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One month left to chip your dog

One month left to chip your dog

From 06 April it will be compulsory for owners to ensure their dog is microchipped

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Stop the spread for Invasive Species Week

Stop the spread for Invasive Species Week

The second annual Invasive Species Week starts on 29 February and will run until 6 March.

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Defra appoints six members to new Natural Capital Committee

Defra appoints six members to new Natural Capital Committee

Expert advice on the state of English Natural Capital from the new Natural Capital Committee will drive forward the 25-year Environment Plan

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New data reveals the nation’s changing tastes

New data reveals the nation’s changing tastes

Information from the National Food Survey has been released as open data

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Bluetongue risk: farmers urged to remain vigilant

Bluetongue risk: farmers urged to remain vigilant

Farmers are being urged to monitor their stock carefully following the ongoing presence of Bluetongue Disease in France.

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Call for Farming Recovery Fund applications

Call for Farming Recovery Fund applications

Flood affected farmers are urged to submit applications as soon as possible before the 1 April deadline.

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Green space: Satellite data transforms environmental protection

Green space: Satellite data transforms environmental protection

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss explains how satellite data can help protect and improve our natural environment

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Update on expected rainfall Monday 25 January 2016

Update on expected rainfall   Monday 25 January 2016

Statement from Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss on expected rainfall.

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Future flood protection in Leeds

Future flood protection in Leeds

Statement from Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss on a meeting held today with Leeds MPs on recent flooding.

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'Blue Belt' extended to protect 8,000 square miles of UK waters

'Blue Belt' extended to protect 8,000 square miles of UK waters

Twenty-three new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) will bring the total to 50 and cover more than a fifth of English waters.

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Stewart: New plans to save England’s hen harriers

Stewart: New plans to save England’s hen harriers

Details of a new six point action plan published today to help the recovery of England's hen harrier populations.

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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


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