• According to the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan everybody should have the opportunity to access, use and enjoy England’s natural environment and outdoor spaces. Being outside in nature benefits people physically and mentally and helps improve understanding of the natural world. By protecting and improving access, more people can enjoy the countryside.

  • The statutory agencies with responsibilities for nature conservation and the countryside are different for each of the countries in the UK. Statutory Bodies

  • A UK overview on nature conservation, in line with EU policies, is provided by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

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