Natural England - 1. Who we are and what we do

1. Who we are and what we do

Organisational information such as: Management information, roles & responsibilities, job specifications & descriptions, Information relating to the legislation relevant to functions. Working partnerships organisations for which the authority is responsible, Locations & contact details, Meeting agendas, Recruitment information including vacancies, Staff newsletters.

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  • Subject: Details of Board membership
    Description: Short biographical profiles of the Chair, Deputy Chair and Board Members.
    Availability: Available on the About Us pages of Natural England’s website or as paper copy from Natural England’s Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: Board agendas, papers and minutes
    Description: The papers, agendas and minutes of Natural England’s Board
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website at Meetings and papers or as paper copy from Natural England’s Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: Board’s accountabilities and procedures
    Description: Accountability Statements for the Board and the Chair of the Board Code of good practice for Board Members Standing orders for Board meetings Schedule of delegations Financial approval process for the Board
    Availability: Please contact Natural England’s Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: Details of Executive Board members
    Description: Short biographical profiles of the Executive Board
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website at Executive Board or as paper copy from Natural England’s Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: Senior Management
    Description: A list of the Natural England’s senior management and details of the management arrangements.
    Availability: The list of senior management is available on the Natural England website. A paper copy of this and the management arrangements is available from Natural England’s Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: Key contact points, addresses and staff
    Description: Gives contact names for Natural England’s Teams and includes map of Area Teams and main offices.
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website on the Contact Us pages.

  • Subject: Job opportunities
    Description: Current job vacancies open to applicants outside Natural England.
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website at Jobs or contact Natural England’s Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: Volunteering in nature conservation within Natural England
    Description: Information about volunteering in nature conservation within Natural England
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website at Volunteering or contact Natural England’s Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: National Parks
    Description: National Parks are extensive tracts of countryside designated under statute for reasons of their natural beauty and for the opportunities they afford for open air recreation. Each has its own managing authority charged with conserving and enhancing their natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage, and promoting opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of their special qualities
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website at National Parks and in our range of publications on National Parksexternal link.

  • Subject: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
    Description: Natural England is responsible for designating AONBs and advising Government and others on how they should be protected and managed. Areas are designated solely for their landscape qualities for the purpose of conserving and enhancing their natural beauty (which includes landform and geology, plants and animals, landscape features and the rich history of human settlement over the centuries).
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website at Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and also in our range of publications on AONBsexternal link.

  • Subject: National Nature Reserves (NNRs)
    Description: NNRs were established to protect the most important areas of wildlife habitat and geological formations in Britain. They are nationally important and are all among the best examples of a particular habitat.
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website on our National Nature Reserves pages and also in our range of publications on NNRsexternal link.

  • Subject: Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs)
    Description: SSSIs are the country's very best wildlife and geological sites and they include some of our most spectacular and beautiful habitats There are over 4,000 Sites of Special Scientific Interest in England, covering around 7% of the country's land area.
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website on our Sites of Special Scientific Interest pages and also in our range of publications on SSSIsexternal link.

  • Subject: Special Areas of Conservation (SACs)
    Description: SACs are areas which have been given special protection under the European Union’s Habitats Directive. They provide increased protection to a variety of wild animals, plants and habitats and are a vital part of global efforts to conserve the world’s biodiversity.
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website on our Special Areas of Conservation pages.

  • Subject: Marine Protected Areas (MPA)
    Description: A Marine Protected Area (MPA) is an umbrella term for an area of sea that is protected from activities that are damaging or cause disturbance to habitats, species and ecosystem processes. MPAs make a practical and significant contribution to the recovery and conservation of marine species and habitats.
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website on our Marine Protected Areas pages and also in our range of publications on MPAsexternal link and Coastalexternal link.

  • Subject: Heritage Coasts
    Description: These special coastlines are managed so that their natural beauty is conserved and, where appropriate, the accessibility for visitors is improved.
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website at Heritage Coasts.

  • Subject: National Trails
    Description: National Trails provide opportunities to walk, or in some places ride a horse or cycle, for short or long distances through some of the most outstanding scenery in England and Wales.
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website on our National Trails pages and also in our range of publications on National Trailsexternal link.

  • Subject: Heritage land (conditionally exempt from inheritance tax)
    Description: Land may be designated by HM Revenue & Customs for its outstanding scenic, historic and scientific interest. Natural England is responsible for advising HM Revenue & Customs on whether land in England qualifies for conditional exemption from inheritance tax and on access to and management of conditionally exempt land.
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website at Heritage Landscapes. From these pages you can also download our full range of publications on heritage land. These include our Heritage Management Planexternal link guidance. This advises land owners, land managers, partner organisations and staff on scope, structure and detail required to complete a management plan.

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