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.
EU and UK Environmental Policy
Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry
(267 KB pdf)
We wrote to the Environmental Audit Committee highlighting the relevant points from our response to the House of Lords inquiry on science and the EU, including the importance of EU funding for ecological research, and the framework for applied research provided by European directives.
The EAC published its inquiry report in March 2016, citing our letter.
The Relationship between EU Membership and UK Science
House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Inquiry
(477 KB pdf)
We contributed to the Royal Society of Biology’s evidence submission, which highlighted the EU funding available to UK scientists, and the importance of EU structures for collaboration and freedom of movement.
Fitness Check of EU Nature Legislation (Birds and Habitats Directives)
European Commission Consultation
(338 KB pdf)
We highlighted that the balance of evidence suggests that the Birds and Habitats Directives are effective, and that the focus should be on improving their implementation. We also contributed to the UK Joint Links response to the Member State consultation.
Find out more about our work on the REFIT Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives.
Nurse Review of the Research Councils
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Consultation
(177 KB pdf)
Our response to the call for evidence supported the maintenance of separate Research Councils, and highlighted the need for better support for interdisciplinary research.
NERC Investment Priorities
(247 KB pdf)
We highlighted “supporting nature’s services”, “building resilience to nature’s hazards” and “biodiversity monitoring and data” as priority research investments.
Independent Review of Implementation: RCUK Open Access
Research Councils UK Consultation
(70 KB pdf)
We emphasised the important role of learned societies in informing their communities of developments in open access publishing.
Creating the Future: A 2020 Vision for Science and Research
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills consultation
(363 KB pdf)
Our response highlighted the importance of capital investment in long-term ecological research experiments and the vital role of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Biodiversity Offsetting Green Paper
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs consultation
(363 KB pdf)
Our response, informed by a meeting of BES members, highlighted that any offsetting policy must be based on scientific evidence and on a transparent and consistent mechanism. For many habitats, evidence on ecological restoration remains incomplete.
Ownership and governance of NERC centres
Natural Environment Research Council call for evidence
(71 KB pdf)
We emphasised the importance of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology for ecological science in the UK, including through long-term experiments and freely available datasets.
Environment and climate change: review of balance of competences
(118 KB pdf)
Our response demonstrated the importance of EU competence over the natural environment, and the positive impacts of EU measures on the UK’s water quality and biodiversity.