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Landscapes Review February 2021

The NCWP has written to the Environment Secretary about the landscapes review.  Read the letter

Annual Conference 2020

The group held a Working Party session during the online annual conference on Friday 26th June 2020.  The recording is on our website here

Tom Huggon retires after 50 years in nature conservation law

Tom Huggon retires after being at the forefront of environmental law for 50 years. Tom was a founding member of the Solicitors Ecology Group in the early 70s which became the Lawyers Ecology Group. This group then merged into UKELA when it was formed in 1986. UKELA Council awarded Tom with Honorary Membership at the conference. The NCWP also recognised his contribution through donations towards Nottingham Wildlife Trust and their urban wildlife campaign, raising £500 for 33 swift boxes. These boxes are expected to have a great impact locally for the birds when they return next year.

Wildlife Law Course

Through the auspices of the UK Environmental Law Association, members of the nature conservation working party have arranged an introductory course on wildlife law for a number of years. The course usually runs in November, kindly hosted by Browne Jacobson at their Nottingham office. The course is designed for those whose jobs require them to understand the practical impact of the legislation surrounding wildlife. It concentrates on enabling participants to make the best use of the law on the ground and to avoid the pitfalls that accompany such a technical subject as the law.  

Wildlife law bursary

The wildlife law course arranged every November under the auspices of UKELA’s nature conservation working party makes a little profit due to the generosity of the tutors and Browne Jacobson solicitors. The working party decided that the profit be used to fund an annual bursary of up to £1,000 to support a post graduate research project addressing wildlife law.

Wildlife Law Bursary Award 2019

The winner of the 2019 bursary was Shehana Gomez.

The successful candidate will produce a paper and be required to give a presentation on the project and the conclusions reached at a meeting of the nature conservation working party, either at the UKELA annual conference or in September 2020. The paper will be published in the UKELA journal elaw.


Previous Wildlife Law Bursary Awards

2018: Jessica Allan "The Legal and Cultural Implications of De-extinction and Species Return "

2016: Joanna Miller Smallwood “The Convention on Biological Diversity’s objectives include conservation of biological diversity at a global level but has it become another victim of extinction as a result of its text and strategic plan?”


Terms of Reference

The scope of the Working Party is to consider issues for and affecting nature conservation. Input to landscape related issues may also be appropriate.

This Working Party’s terms of reference are to:

    monitor and provide comments / observations on proposed legislation and policies;
    monitor the implementation of existing legislation and policies;
    seek to influence relevant legislation and policies as and when opportunities arise;
    work with and support the devolved administrations working parties on issues for and affecting nature conservation / landscape;
    to better seek engagement with the devolved Countries on the increasingly diverse nature conservation/landscape legislative frameworks
    work with and support other working parties as and when necessary; and
    arrange a wildlife law training course for members and non-members annually.

The Working Party is led by two co-convenors, currently Pip Goodwin and Eunice Pinn. We also have a Chair, currently Richard Barlow of Browne Jacobson.

The Working Party meets four times a year. Two meetings are held in Nottingham, one in London and the fourth at the conference.

The Working Party has around 40 members working in different fields concerned with nature conservation. Participants include individuals from statutory agencies and non-governmental organisations, environmental and planning consultants, lawyers in private and public sector practice and academics. Only UKELA members are eligible to join the Working Party although guests are welcome at meetings.

If you would like to join the Working Party, please contact the Co-Convenors Pip Goodwin and Eunice Pinn.


Manual of Nature Conservation Law

Members of the group published in March 2008 the 2nd edition of A Manual of Nature Conservation Law, edited by Michael Fry. The book has been published by a specially set up publishing company, NCWG Ltd.


Consultation Responses


Pip Goodwin

Pip works part time at the RSPB, dividing her time between coordinating the MP Species Champions project and working with the Site Conservation Policy team. She is a trustee of Suffolk Wildlife Trust and carries out plant monitoring for the Breckland Flora Group. Her role with UKELA is in a personal capacity.
Email Pip Goodwin

Eunice Pinn

Eunice works for the Sea Fish Industry Authority on environmental matters covering marine spatial planning, protected areas and species, and water quality issues affecting aquaculture production. She regularly undertakes volunteer monitoring of marine mammals on the Aberdeen-Shetland ferry route.
Email Eunice Pinn

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