The CLA is one of a small number of consultees on the various nature conservation controls.
The CFE is encouraging farmers and land managers across England to protect and enhance the environmental value of farmland, through measures that sit alongside productive agriculture.
CLA President Henry Robinson has written to EU Commissioner for Environment Karmenu Vella, challenging his comments made at the Forum for the Future of Agriculture 2015 on 31 March which claim that farmland in EU territory is responsible for destroying shelter for wildlife, water pollution, flooding, soil erosion and soil depletion.
There are a number of statutory designated areas in England and Wales, both national and European*.
Within the Natural Environment White Paper published in June, the government recognised the successes of ‘landscape scale’ working (where collective action is taken to address an objective such as improving water quality, addressing a species need through the management and creation of habitat etc) and outlined proposals for the identification and funding of 12 Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs), each which they estimate will be between 10,000 – 50,000 hectares in size.