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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 30th September 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.
The next working party meeting will be on Wednesday 21st September 2016 at Browne Jacobson's London office. For more information, contact the group's convenor, Wyn Jones.
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.