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Wildlife law bursary available

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 £1,000 to support a post graduate research project addressing wildlife law.

Applications are therefore invited to be submitted to the convenor of the nature conservation working party by the 21st October 2016 briefly setting out the proposed research project (suggest no more than a page of A4). The project must address a legal issue or issues for and effecting nature conservation in the UK or within the UK’s overseas territories.

Applications will be considered by the chairman and convenor of the working party together with at least 2 of the wildlife law course tutors. The award made by the 30th October 2016.

The successful candidate will produce a paper and be required to give a presentation on the project and the conclusions reached at the nature conservation working party session at the 2017 annual UKELA conference. The paper will be published in the conference proceedings.

For further information contact the convenor.

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;
  • work with and support other working parties as and when necessary; and
  • arrange a wildlife law training course for members and non-members annually.

Current priorities are:

  • the review of the EC wildlife directives (European Commission / UK Government);
  • the Environment (Wales) Bill;
  • the implications for the UK environment should the country exit from the EU;
  • the consideration of the implementation of European species protection measures under Article 12 Habitats Directive;
  • to seek better engagement with the devolved countries on the increasingly diverse nature conservation / landscape legislative frameworks.

The Working Party is led by a convenor, currently Wyn Jones. We also have a Chair, currently Richard Barlow of Browne Jacobson.

The Working Party meets four times a year. Three meetings are held at Nottingham and the fourth at conference. We also seek to arrange an annual seminar at a London venue.

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 Convenor Wyn Jones.

Next Meeting

The next working party meeting will be on Saturday 26th November 2016 at Browne Jacobson's Nottingham office. For more information, contact the group's convenor, Wyn Jones.

Browne Jacobson London office directions

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

Document TitleComments
Defra's Smarter Environmental Guidance review: UKELA's comments on proposals for reforming development guidance, December 2014 
Biodiversity offsetting in England: response to Defra consultation, 5 November 2013 
Review of the Balance of Competences between the UK and the EU: UKELA's submissions concerning environment and climate change, August 2013 
Nature Conservation covenants: response to the Law Commission, June 2013 
Draft guidance on Habitats Directive article 6.4: response to Defra consultation, October 2012 
Wildlife Law: response to Law Commission consultation, November 2012 
Wildlife Crime: submission to the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry, March 2012 
Review of the Habitats Directive: response to Defra consultation, January 2012 
Biodiversity: response to Defra consultation, March 2011 
A Living Wales: response to Welsh Assembly Government consultation, January 2011 
Draft Circular on Biodiversity and Geodiversity: response to Defra consultation, May 2010 
The Nature of England: response to Defra consultation, October 2010 
The Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (England) Regulations: response to the Defra's consultation, November 2005Public consultation on new Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (England) Regulation.
PPS9 on Biodiversity and Geological Conservation: response to ODPM consultation, December 2004Response to Consultation Paper on PPS9: Biodiversity and Geological Conservation
Memorandum for the Enquiry into Town & Country Parks, April 1999For the inquiry into town and country parks by the environment sub-committee of the House of Commons Select Committee on the environment



Wyn Jones

Retired from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee after nearly 30 years working for the statutory nature conservation agencies, where he headed the Habitats advice team and was the lead on the implementation of the EC wildlife Directives in the UK.

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