Wildlife archive

  • Commission takes UK to court over porpoise protection failure

    The European Commission today announced it is taking the UK to court for failing to protect harbour porpoises.

  • harbour porpoise

    Scotland harbour porpoise protections welcome but England and Wales must act

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth welcome the Scottish Government’s announcement that they will be designating a protected area for the harbour porpoise, but urge the English and Welsh Governments to follow suit.

  • Photo of bird in forest to illustrate story saying European Parliament condemns Polish Government plans for illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest

    European Parliament condemns Polish Government plan to log Białowieża Forest

    The European Parliament has condemned the Polish Government for a slew of legal breaches, including illegal logging in Białowieża Forest.

  • Ariel view of forest to illustrate story asking - UK environment after Brexit - can we make laws more protective?

    After Brexit, will the UK pay people to reforest?

    Exiting the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy could let the UK pay people to plant trees that will prevent flooding, provide habitat and absorb carbon.

  • european hedgehog

    Nature report highlights need for urgent action and robust law

    The State of Nature report published today said the UK is “among the most nature-depleted countries in the world”.

  • big ben and daffodils

    MPs must pledge to protect natural world

    UK MPs must commit to promote environmental progress for the wellbeing of their constituents and people around the globe.

  • Image of Bialowieza Forest in Poland

    MEPs discuss illegal logging of Białowieża Forest

    Along with other environmental groups, ClientEarth has welcomed discussion by MEPs in Brussels about the Białowieża Forest.

  • A butterfly in a wild flower meadow

    Nature compensation schemes require strict implementation

    Nature compensation schemes, termed biodiversity offsetting, which could help make up for damage done to the environment, must be implemented properly if they are not to be counter-productive.

  • Bee approaching flower

    New bee-threatening pesticides should also be banned

    The increased use of bee-threatening pesticide sulfoximines could undermine the current ban on neonicotinoids, and have serious implications for the future of pollinators, food production and human health.

  • Beavers among wildlife under threat from Polish legal proposals

    Beavers, wolves and bison could be under threat from planned changes to nature laws in Poland. Amendments to the Nature Protection Act, aimed directly at beavers, breach EU law and may also affect other protected species.

  • Photo of forest lake to illustrate story saying UNESCO: Białowieża forest logging must be stopped

    UNESCO: Białowieża forest logging must be stopped

    UNESCO advisers have called on the Polish Government to suspend plans for a huge increase in logging and let Białowieża Forest grow with minimal intervention.

  • Time for May to lay down the environmental law

    As Theresa May settles into number 10, we urge her to keep the environment in her cross-hairs – DECC or no DECC.

  • No revision needed for EU nature laws, says ‘official’ report

    An official study – which the European Commission has so far refused to publish – reveals that EU nature laws are fit for purpose and require no revision. ClientEarth calls for renewed focus on implementation of the laws.

  • image of marsh harrier for natura 2000 resource

    ClientEarth’s series ‘European protected areas – navigating the legal landscape’

    ClientEarth has released a series of briefings examining legal requirements under the EU Habitats Directive for the management of protected areas in Europe.

  • Brexit “challenge” to politicians over UK environmental laws

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have expressed “shock and concern” at the the future of nature protections following the outcome of the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. Voters decided the UK should leave the EU.

  • otter reclines on rock

    Confirmation of strength of EU nature laws shows why UK must vote ‘in’

    A leaked report from the European Commission shows EU nature laws are fit for purpose and need implementation – not reform.

  • Opinion: Reasons to vote against ‘Brexit’ and stay in the EU

    With voters shortly to decide whether Britain will remain a member of the European Union, environmental laywers ClientEarth urge citizens to vote ‘in’ because the advantages far outweigh the risks and uncertainties of ‘Brexit.’

  • Photo of autumn leaves to illustrate story as Commission opens infringement over illegal logging in Polish forest

    Commission takes action over illegal logging in Polish forest

    The European Commission has started infringement proceedings against the Polish Government over illegal plans to log in Białowieża Forest.

  • European Commission visits threatened Białowieża forest

    Officials from the European Commission are visiting the ancient Białowieża Forest in Poland. It follows a similar trip by UNESCO officials. Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have complained about a planned three-fold increase in logging.

  • Commission delay is “bad news” for nature and society

    A decision by the European Commission to delay publication of its analysis into the effectiveness of EU nature laws, has been condemned as “bad for society” by environmental lawyers ClientEarth.

  • Image of ClientEarth's Tom West discussing natural capital and the UK government's 25 year plan

    UK 25 year environment plan: what is Nature’s value?

    It is vital that the UK’s plan for protecting our environment recognises nature’s intrinsic value as well as the economic benefits it brings.

  • Photo of children walking in forest to illustrate story about illegal logging plans bringing UNESCO to Białowieża Forest

    Illegal logging plans bring UNESCO to Białowieża Forest

    Today, UNESCO advisers visit Białowieża Forest after Polish Government illegally approved a huge expansion of logging in the World Heritage site.

  • IMage of puffins for RSPB story

    Prime Minister’s promise to retain vital nature laws welcomed

    The Prime Minister’s promise to protect vital EU nature regulations has been welcomed by environmental lawyers ClientEarth. David Cameron’s comments come as two charities, the RSPB and WWF have come out in favour of the UK remaining part of the European Union.

  • image of wild boar in Bialowieza forest

    Five days to save Bialowieza forest

    The Polish government is planning to triple logging in Bialowieza forest, starting on Friday. It is ignoring 30,000 Polish people and a Commission complaint by NGOs.