Conservation Policy Lead
Ancient woodland is our richest terrestrial biodiversity habitat; but more than that, woods are magical places to spend time.
Frances Winder has 17 items in their collection
Holly: More than a Christmas symbol
Blog post By Frances Winder, 17 December 2015, Wildlife & nature
Holly is an integral part of the British landscape and has many uses. So what are the virtues of this natural asset and its role in the countryside?
EU REFIT: Ready for a close-up?
Blog post By Frances Winder, 1 December 2015, Policy & influence, Threats
Campaigning on policy issues can be a strange beast and, in the case of European policy, the process can be particularly long. Our job as campaigners is to try and maintain the campaign focus despite the vagaries of the system.
Woods need EU and you
Blog post By Frances Winder, 2 June 2015, Policy & influence
The European Commission have launched a public consultation as part of the REFIT analysis of the Habitats and Birds Directives and it would be great if you could take the time to record your opinion.
'Fitness check' of EU wildlife protection laws raises concerns
Blog post By Frances Winder, 12 May 2015, Wildlife & nature, Policy & influence
The Birds and Habitats Directives are the cornerstone of national and Europe-wide attempts to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity. Scientific evidence shows they when they are respected, they work.
Woodland biodiversity – woods need you!
Blog post By Frances Winder, 2 April 2015, Policy & influence
2015 is a pivotal year for biodiversity. We are halfway through an international decade designated to deliver the next stage of action plans.
First aid for pollinators but what about the rest?
Blog post By Frances Winder, 5 November 2014, Wildlife & nature, Policy & influence, Tree planting
This week the Government has produced their long awaited National Pollinator Strategy. Unfortunately the press coverage was nowhere like as good and mainly seemed to consist of suggesting that you should mow your lawn less.
Offsetting rethink fails to rule out ancient woodland
Blog post By Frances Winder, 31 March 2014, Ancient trees, Policy & influence
The Government may not yet have issued a response to the consultation that they ran on a potential biodiversity offsetting scheme last year but today they have produced a response to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) inquiry into offsetting.