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Wildlife and nature conservation

We have a wealth of experience pursuing cases aimed at improving the protection of habitats and species in the terrestrial and marine environments. We specialise in cases concerning the proper implementation of the EU environmental law (and domestic legislation transposing it) including the Birds and Habitats Directives and Directives on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). We also work on cases to protect threatened species from persecution, disturbance and harassment on land and at sea (through, for example, hunting and oil and gas expansion). 

Most recently we have acted for clients challenging: Natural England’s “brood management” programme for the highly endangered hen harrier; the Secretary of State for Transport’s preferred corridor for the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway; and a proposed new road across an area of deep peat blanket bog on Walshaw Moor.

The team is proud to be instructed in a number of wildlife protection cases by Wild Justice, a not-for-profit organisation set up by wildlife campaigner Chris Packham CBE, Dr Mark Avery and Dr Ruth Tingay. 

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