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    Government Action on Water Quality

    Government Action on Water Quality Written by Defra Press Office Today (Saturday 25 June) the Telegraph has published an opinion piece on the importance of water quality to public health, written by: Chief Medical Officer, Professor Sir Chris Whitty; Chair of the Environment Agency, Emma...
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    Red Kite chicks in England bound for Spain in reintroduction project

    Red Kite chicks in England bound for Spain in reintroduction project Written by Defra Press Office There has been extensive media coverage today in broadcast and print highlighting a Natural England partnership project to translocate red kites from England to Spain as part of a...
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    UK takes lead to seek global action on nature at COP15 biodiversity conference

    UK takes lead to seek global action on nature at COP15 biodiversity conference Written by Defra Press Office There has been straight coverage reporting the COP15 biodiversity conference will be rescheduled to take place in Montreal, Canada in a number of outlets including the Guardian, BBC...
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    UK’s top scientists join forces to battle bird flu outbreaks

    UK’s top scientists join forces to battle bird flu outbreaks Written by Defra Press Office There has been widespread, positive coverage including in The Observer, BBC News, New Scientist, I News, Daily Mail, Vet Times, Farmers Guardian and BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today of our announcement that...
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    Inaccurate coverage on the Farming Rules for Water

    Inaccurate coverage on the Farming Rules for Water Written by Defra Press Office A recent article in the Guardian (20 June) wrongly claims that the Defra Guidance to the Farming Rules for Water would have allowed farmers to spread manures and slurry on land in a way that would overload it with...
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    Minister Churchill visits air quality monitoring site to support Clean Air Day

    Minister Churchill visits air quality monitoring site to support Clean Air Day Written by Defra Press Office Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign aiming to promote a shift in air quality awareness and to showcase that a future with cleaner air is both possible and...
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    £38 million upgrade to Foss Barrier officially opened in York

    £38 million upgrade to Foss Barrier officially opened in York Written by Defra Press Office The upgraded Foss Barrier in York There has been positive coverage today of the official opening of the £38 million upgrade to the Foss Barrier in York which will help to better protect 2,000...
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    Sussex wine to receive protected status

    Sussex wine to receive protected status Written by Defra Press Office There has been widespread coverage including in the Sun, Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, the i, Independent, BBC and Sussex Express of our announcement that Sussex wine will be designated as a UK Geographical Indication...
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    Government Food Strategy to back farmers, spread jobs and grow economy

    Government Food Strategy to back farmers, spread jobs and grow economy Written by Defra Press Office There has been widespread coverage of the Government’s Food Strategy, including in the Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail and Sky News. Interviews with the Prime Minister, Environment Secretary and...
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    Minister reiterates government commitment to improve water quality

    Minister reiterates government commitment to improve water quality Written by Defra Press Office Today, Environment Minister Rebecca Pow took part in a parliamentary debate on the Government’s Strategic Policy Statement (SPS) for the water industry regulator, Ofwat. The Strategic Policy...
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    Environment Agency launches flooding roadmap as it warns of “inevitable impacts of a rising sea level”

    Environment Agency launches flooding roadmap as it warns of “inevitable impacts of a rising sea level” Written by Defra Press Office There has been widespread coverage on Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan’s warnings that some coastal communities will have to be moved away...
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    Minister Prentis provides update on investigation into crab and lobster deaths

    Minister Prentis provides update on investigation into crab and lobster deaths Written by Defra Press Office On Thursday 2 June, Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentis provided an update regarding the investigation into huge numbers of crabs and lobsters washed up along the coast of the North...
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    Emma Howard Boyd visits Wyre Natural Flood Management project as grants issued to boost investment in nature

    Emma Howard Boyd visits Wyre Natural Flood Management project as grants issued to boost investment in nature Written by Defra Press Office Emma Howard Boyd visits the Wyre Natural Flood Management project in Lancashire There has been positive coverage in The Independent, Yorkshire Post...
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    Burning on protected peatlands

    Burning on protected peatlands Written by Defra Press Office There has been media coverage by the BBC, The Times, Daily Mail, The Telegraph & Yorkshire Post of allegations by RSPB and Greenpeace that burning has taken place on protected deep peatlands in contravention of Defra regulations...
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    Media coverage of Government plans to introduce Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) bill

    Media coverage of Government plans to introduce Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) bill Written by Defra Press Office The Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) bill is to be introduced in the House of Commons today and enables researchers to more quickly develop plants that are...
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    New ‘super’ National Nature Reserve created to protect rare wildlife in Somerset

    New ‘super’ National Nature Reserve created to protect rare wildlife in Somerset Written by Defra Press Office Photo credit: Lynne Newton Today we are looking at media coverage around our Natural England announcement of the declaration of a vast new ‘super nature reserve’ spanning across...
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    Government funding backs scallop fishing industry breakthrough

    Government funding backs scallop fishing industry breakthrough Written by Defra Press Office Today we are looking at media coverage around the development of a world-first, environmentally-friendly technique for catching scallops which was supported by the UK Government’s Seafood Innovation...
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    Minister Pow visits Oxford to welcome the start of the bathing water season

    Minister Pow visits Oxford to welcome the start of the bathing water season Written by Defra Press Office There has been coverage over the weekend in the Telegraph, the Express, ITV News, Yorkshire Post and Telegraph & Argus on the launch of this year’s bathing water season. Starting from...
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    Media coverage of Government response to EAC inquiry on water quality

    Media coverage of Government response to EAC inquiry on water quality Written by Defra Press Office There has been coverage this week in The Times, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Telegraph, BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today, Yorkshire Post, Somerset County Gazette and Western Morning News of the...
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    Water resources on BBC Countryfile

    Water resources on BBC Countryfile Written by Defra Press Office Sir James Bevan and Tom Heap at Bewl Water reservoir The pressures facing England’s water resources as a result of a growing population, climate change and ageing infrastructure was covered by BBC One’s Countryfile last night...
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