An introduction to policy in the UK.
The British Ecological Society (BES) is committed to making the best ecological evidence accessible to decision-makers. Policymaking processes are rarely straightforward, however, and understanding how best to share their expertise with decision-makers can be challenging for scientists. The Policy Guides aim to improve communication between members and policymakers, increase the impact of ecological research and support evidence-informed policymaking. This first guide provides an introduction to the policymaking process, focusing on the UK Government and Parliament, how policies are developed and the difference between policy and legislation.