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 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.
BES response to the Work of Defra: Health and Harmony inquiry
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The BES welcomes the Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit consultation as an opportunity to reshape England’s land management policies. A move away from incentives which primarily prioritise provisioning services from the environment, such as food and fibre, towards incentives which also include regulating, supporting, and cultural ecosystem services, such as disease and pest regulation and soil formation, will provide a better outcome for both people and wildlife.
BES response to Brexit: Plant and Animal Biosecurity Inquiry
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We believe there is the potential to reduce biosecurity threats to the UK through implementing better targeted, resourced, and stricter biosecurity rules and regulations.
BES response to the Work of the Rural Payments Agency inquiry
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We believe the Rural Payments Agency’s (RPA) delivery of Agri-Environment Schemes should foster greater cooperation and collaboration between stakeholders to help deliver greater benefits for biodiversity and ecological services. Our response highlights how the RPA can put the environment at the heart of its work.
BES response to the Environmental Audit Committee 25 year plan to improve the environment inquiry
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Our response welcomed such a broad plan for the environment but highlighted that there were many unmeasurable and unambitious targets and that without legislation underpinning the intentions set out in the plan, it is unlikely to be enforced.