Who killed the Cockney Sparrer?

Dr Kate Vincent was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 regarding her PhD research thesis findings for programme investigating the causes of the decline of the urban House Sparrow. Tom Heap presents the programme ‘Who Killed the Cockney Sparrer?’ which investigates who, or what, is killing the once common house sparrow.

Ecobuild 2009 Birds and buildings

Ecobuild is the world’s biggest event dedicated to sustainable design, construction and the built environment. The exhibition was held at Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre in London between 3rd and 5th March. There were 800 exhibitors, as well as conference and seminar sessions.

Changes to the Habitats Regulations (Jan 2009)

The Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Regulations 1994 have been amended again, with the new regulations coming into force at the end of January. The main changes affecting ecologists and developers are that the guidance notes provided by the Statutory Nature Conservation Organisations will now have legal force and will have to be taken into account by the courts.

Woolley judgement; Background

This judicial review case addresses how local planning authorities (LPAs) discharge their statutory duty under Regulation 3(4) of the Conservation Regulations (1994) to have regard to the requirements of the Habitats Directive in the exercise of their functions. The case focuses on how LPAs should approach the discharge of this duty in coming to planning decisions and in particular the need to properly consider the three tests set out in the Conservation Regulations that should be considered when harm to European Protected Species (EPS) is likely.