England has a high diversity of habitats and many distinctive species, reflecting its geographical position.
Some are of European or even world-wide importance and we have a special responsibility to ensure their conservation. For example:
There is a wide range of designated areas protecting England's natural environment. Well over a quarter of the land surface in England is protected either because of its biodiversity importance or as a high quality landscape. These areas are important for our social, environmental and economic well-being, attracting visitors and businesses alike.
(1 March 2013) This month, detailed pond survey work will be carried out as part of a major project to develop robust evidence around the distribution of great crested newts (GCN) across England, creating a high-resolution model capable of accurately predicting their population levels in different habitats.
(1 February 2013) This highly acclaimed photography competition is now open and ready to receive your entries for 2013. Be inspired by our gallery showing spellbinding wildlife imagery from last year.