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 Camilla Morrison-Bell, Policy Manager
BES response to the Work of the Rural Payments Agency inquiry
(418 KB pdf)
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
(351 KB pdf)
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.
EEA workers in the UK labour market
(187 KB pdf)
We contributed to the Royal Society of Biology’s response, which highlighted uncertainty over continued rights of EEA workers in the UK, issues over rights and status, the inflexibility of the current system, and the potential impact of immigration changes on the UK biosciences and industrial strategy.
Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act
A response to the House of Lords NERC Act Committee
(348 KB pdf)
Our response highlighted the impact and limitations of the biodiversity duty introduced by the 2006 NERC Act, and how this could be amended in light of current understanding of biodiversity and ecosystems, as well as the legislative challenges posed by Brexit.
UK's role in Arctic sustainability
House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry
(412 KB pdf)
Our response focused primarily on highlighting the significant environmental changes that are taking place in the Arctic, across both terrestrial and marine ecosystems, predominantly as a result of climate change.
Building our Industrial Strategy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Consultation
(609 KB pdf)
We contributed to the Royal Society of Biology’s response to the Government’s consultation on the Industrial Strategy Green Paper. Of relevance to ecology, the response highlighted the need for the Industrial Strategy to consider natural capital, and suggested potential areas for investing in ecological research.
House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry
(339 KB pdf)
Our response was developed in collaboration with our Publications Team, and highlighted the role that learned societies and scientific publishers can play in supporting greater research integrity. Key issues include improving peer review, supporting effective data management, and enhancing reproducibility and repeatability of research. We also supported the Royal Society of Biology’s submission.
Forestry in England
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Inquiry
(347 KB pdf)
Our response was developed in collaboration with our Forest Ecology Special Interest Group and highlighted the important role of our forests in delivering a wide range of benefits to people, the need to balance economic exploitation with conservation, and key research gaps and future priorities.
The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum
Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry
(483 KB pdf)
Our response highlighted the risks and opportunities of leaving the EU, including the potential to introduce a more effective agri-environment support system focusing on delivery of ecosystem services in a strategic manner.
Leaving the EU: implications and opportunities for science and research
House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Inquiry
(469 KB pdf)
We contributed to the Royal Society of Biology’s response, which highlighted the impact that the vote to leave the EU is already having on UK science, and the importance of continued international collaboration, including free movement for researchers and students and the need to secure continued association with Horizon 2020 and its successor programmes.