Consultation & Inquiry Responses
We regularly respond to government consultations and parliamentary inquiries on a range of environmental and scientific topics, individually or in partnership with other organisations. We focus on synthesising and communicating the relevant ecological evidence, and representing the views of the ecological community.
Submitting high-quality responses relies on the expertise of our members. If you would like to contribute to consultations and inquiries, please register on our Interests and Expertise Database, or contact Brendan Costelloe, Policy Manager.
BES Response to Defra's Net Gain Consultation
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A robust and ambitious net-gain framework that captures all development requiring planning permission can help prevent biodiversity losses and contribute to, for instance, 25 Year Environment Plan (25YEP) targets relating to habitat restoration and creation that feed into the delivery of a Nature Recovery Network.
BES Response to Defra's 25YEP Indicator Consultation
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The BES welcomes the necessary move towards a robust indicator set that could be used to measure and guide action as part of an adaptive management plan, in respect of the 25 Year Environment Plan (25 YEP). However, there are some current shortcomings to the proposed framework, particularly regarding how the indicators allow progress against national and international targets to be measured.
BES Response to the Welsh Biodiversity - Public Goods Scheme Consultation
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Biodiversity conservation should be at the heart of the new Public Goods Scheme (PGS), not a by-product; increased biodiversity will improve delivery and resilience of ecosystem services, as well as respect the intrinsic value of species. By conserving biodiversity, Wales will be able to meet both international and national commitments.
BES Response to Desginated Landscapes Review
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National Parks and AONBs have an important role to play in nature conservation and biodiversity. Well-managed protected areas should be a cornerstone of conservation efforts, acting as a bulwark against anthropogenic pressures. Appropriate management and focus would allow these areas to become exemplars of conservation, benefitting people and nature and enabling the Government to fulfil its national and international objections for safeguarding nature.
BES response to Brexit our Land consultation 2018
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The BES welcomes the Welsh Government’s proposal to reform land management in Wales. In particular, we welcome Principle 4, which recommends that future support encompasses the provision of additional public goods from land.
If you require a copy of our response in Welsh, please contact the policy team.
BES Scottish Policy Group response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Forestry Strategy 2019-2029
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The BES-Scottish Policy Group welcomes the opportunity to respond to the draft Forestry Strategy which is a helpful summary of the existing forestry sector in Scotland, the Scottish Government’s current approach to forestry (i.e. multipurpose) and where it wants forestry to be in the future. However, the strategy is less clear regarding how it will achieve the objectives in support of the 50-year vision as there is no proposed implementation plan supporting the strategy.
BES Scottish Policy Group response to the stakeholder questionnaire from the Grouse Moor Management Group
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The BES Scottish Policy Group’s approach to the questionnaire is in line with the BES position: to make the best scientific evidence accessible to decision-makers and is based on the expertise of our membership. We have responded to a select number of questions concerning raptor conservation and predation management, muirburn, and mountain hares – where our answers can be supported by evidence.
BES Scottish Policy Group response to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee’s call for evidence on the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill
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Our approach is to provide context in terms of the likely impacts of climate change on Scotland’s natural environment. This shows why urgency is required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and why adaptation as part of the Climate Change Plan is as important as mitigation to protect Scotland’s biodiversity, ecosystems and habitats.
BES Scottish Policy Group response to the Scottish Government's consultation: Support for agriculture and the rural economy - post Brexit transition
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This consultation is the start of the Scottish Government’s process to develop a new rural support policy for Scotland. It presents both an opportunity and a challenge to create a sustainable agricultural system that is better balanced for farming, food production, the countryside, wildlife, and the delivery of public goods. Public goods connected to the environment include for example, clean air and water, healthy and stable soils, improved/enhanced carbon sequestration, biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.
BES response to the Changing Arctic inquiry
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Our response explained how climate change is shifting the Arctic to a ‘new normal’, characterised by a warmer, wetter and more variable environment and reduced volume of the sea and land-based ice. Climate change also interacts with other major threats to Arctic ecosystems, including pollution, invasive alien species, industrial development and local disturbances. These environmental pressures are driving major physical and ecological change.