Naturenet: English Nature

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English Naturenglish Nature was succeeded on 2 October 2006 by Natural England. See our Natural EnglandPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet page for the current information on functions formerly undertaken by English Nature.

English Nature was the government agency responsible for nature conservation in England. English Nature was in charge of designating SSSIsPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet and NNRsPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet, and many other functions including advising the government and undertaking research.

English Nature was involved in the conservation of rare species, including those under the Species Recovery Programme, such as the fen ragwort which was reintroduced at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve in 1993. Many species have statutory protectionPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet, for example under the Wildlife and Countryside ActPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet. English Nature administered much of this protection, for example issuing permits for study of restricted species.

English Nature also advised local planning authorities and made comments on planning applications and other proposals which might have affected protected sites or species. 

English Nature owned and managed many National Nature ReservesPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet, indeed until relatively recently it was the only body to do so. However it did not own or manage all protected sites. 

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You can't contact English Nature - it doesn't exist any more. You now need to speak to Natural England.