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    How we are working to safeguard our water supplies

    How we are working to safeguard our water supplies Written by Defra Press Office There has been widespread coverage today of the Public Accounts Committee’s report - “England faces serious risk of running out of water within 20 years” – in the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the i, Daily...
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    Response to Wildlife Trust report on pesticides and pollinator health

    Response to Wildlife Trust report on pesticides and pollinator health Written by Defra Press Office Today there was coverage in the Telegraph, Mirror, Daily Mail and the Yorkshire Press following a report issued by the Wildlife Trust today which suggests pesticide use should be reduced in...
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    Agriculture Bill, food and welfare standards

    Agriculture Bill, food and welfare standards Written by Defra Press Office Today, the Agriculture Bill will return to the House of Lords for the next stage in its journey to becoming law. The Bill sets out ambitious plans which will transform British farming by ensuring farmers are rewarded...
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    Government confirms Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty expansion

    Government confirms Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty expansion Written by Defra Press Office The new designation means that a greater area of nationally significant landscape will be managed to conserve and enhance its natural beauty There has been coverage in BBC...
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    Daily Mail begins countdown to Great British September Clean

    Daily Mail begins countdown to Great British September Clean Written by Defra Press Office Councils have the power to issue on-the-spot fines of up to £150 for littering as well as to the owners of vehicles from which litter is thrown. The countdown to the Great British September Clean...
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    Essex beavers give birth to two healthy kits thanks to Environment Agency flood management scheme

    Essex beavers give birth to two healthy kits thanks to Environment Agency flood management scheme Written by Defra Press Office The beaver duo, recently named Woody and Willow, have been working relentlessly on natural flood defences over the last year in their Finchingfield enclosure on the...
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    Combined Sewage Overflows further coverage

    Combined Sewage Overflows further coverage Written by Defra Press Office There has been further coverage today in the Guardian and Express on Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs), which occur during heavy rainfall. England’s sewage system, built many years ago, means that clean rainwater and...
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    Landmark Fisheries Bill enters the House of Commons

    Landmark Fisheries Bill enters the House of Commons Written by Defra Press Office Yesterday (2 July), Defra announced that the Fisheries Bill has been introduced to the House of Commons, after passing Third Reading in the Lords on 1 July. This was pick up by the trade outlet Undercurrent...
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    £40 million announced to fund green jobs

    £40 million announced to fund green jobs Written by Defra Press Office Yesterday (July 30) we annnounced a fund of up to £40 million to create jobs in nature recovery and conservation to kickstart the nation’s green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The ‘Green Recovery Challenge Fund’...
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    Government and businesses join to pledge action on climate change and biodiversity at COP26 Business Leaders Event

    Government and businesses join to pledge action on climate change and biodiversity at COP26 Business Leaders Event Written by Defra Press Office Yesterday (29 June) representatives from the government, business world, and green groups took part in the COP26 Business Leaders Event, organised...
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    Lockdown litter louts liable to £150 fines

    Lockdown litter louts liable to £150 fines Written by Defra Press Office The Government is clear on littering: It is careless and thoughtless. It blights our communities, spoils our countryside, harms our wildlife and wastes taxpayers’ money to clean it up As the coronavirus restrictions...
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    £100 million rescue package for England’s zoos and aquariums

    £100 million rescue package for England’s zoos and aquariums Written by Defra Press Office On Saturday 27 June 2020, Animal Welfare Minister Lord Goldsmith announced that zoos and aquariums are set to receive up to £100 million to help them continue to care for their animals following the...
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    BBC investigates plastic waste exports to Turkey

    BBC investigates plastic waste exports to Turkey Written by Defra Press Office We have pledged to ban the export of polluting plastic waste to non-OECD countries and introduce tougher controls on waste exports, including mandatory electronic waste tracking. The BBC reported yesterday on the...
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    Tackling UK dairy supply chain issues and chance to shape future farming

    Tackling UK dairy supply chain issues and chance to shape future farming Written by Defra Press Office There is positive coverage across the farming trade news websites of the launch of our consultation seeking to end any unfair practices across the UK dairy sector. The UK Government is...
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    Maintaining high food standards in the UK after EU Exit

    Maintaining high food standards in the UK after EU Exit Written by Defra Press Office There has been coverage today in publications such as the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today on a Which? survey on food standards in the UK after EU Exit as well as an announcement...

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