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Responses to forestry policy consultation papers

Consultation papers are issued by UK Government departments, devolved administrations, agencies and regulators seeking comments on proposed legislation, policy proposals and proposed actions. These are sent to interested parties in order to seek their views and help Government form policy. 

The RSPB responds to consultations wherever possible and appropriate in order to contribute to policy development for the benefit of birds and the environment.

UK Woodland Assurance Standard - the RSPB’s response to consultation on revision of this standard.

UK Woodland Assurance Standard - the RSPB’s response to consultation on revision of this standard.

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This explains our views on the revision of the UK’s voluntary sustainable forest management standard

Date: 9 May 2014

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RSPB Scotland response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation on Scotland Rural Development Programme: Stage 2

RSPB Scotland response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation on Scotland Rural Development Programme: Stage 2

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Our concerns and recommendations regarding the final proposals on the Scotland Rural Development Programme.

Date: 27 February 2014

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The RSPB’s response to consultation on proposed pesticides usage in some FSC certified forests in the UK

The RSPB’s response to consultation on proposed pesticides usage in some FSC certified forests in the UK

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This document explains our biodiversity concerns about proposed usage of certain chemicals in forests.

Date: 23 January 2014

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Response to the consultation on a revised strategy for government forest research in Great Britain

Response to the consultation on a revised strategy for government forest research in Great Britain

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This draft science and innovation strategy needs to be better focused on work for biodiversity and other non-economic aspects of sustainable forest management.

Date: 9 October 2013

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FCE Woodland policy enabling programme: RSPB response

FCE Woodland policy enabling programme: RSPB response

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These proposals need to better implement the recommendations of the Independent Panel on Forestry to protect and enhance the wildlife on the public forest estate in England. They also need to ensure that management of all English woodland is carried out sustainably through the regulatory function of Forestry Commission England and the Forestry Commission’s standard setting, research, survey and monitoring work across Great Britain.

Date: 9 October 2013

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RSPB Scotland - Consultation on Scotland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020

RSPB Scotland - Consultation on Scotland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020

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Our recommendations on what the Scottish government must deliver with the Rural Development Programme

Date: 31 July 2013

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RSPB Scotland’s response to the draft guidance on creating new woodland on agricultural land

RSPB Scotland’s response to the draft guidance on creating new woodland on agricultural land

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This draft guidance, and related consenting processes for woodland expansion, needs improving to best protect non-woodland wildlife on farms, including breeding wading birds and important open ground habitats.

Date: 10 June 2013

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RSPB Northern Ireland’s response to the consultation on an all-Ireland ash dieback control strategy, April 2013

RSPB Northern Ireland’s response to the consultation on an all-Ireland ash dieback control strategy, April 2013

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This draft strategy needs improving to best protect the wildlife of native ash trees and woodland.

Date: 9 May 2013

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RSPB Scotland’s response to the consultation on deer management on the Scottish National Forest Estate, May 2013

RSPB Scotland’s response to the consultation on deer management on the Scottish National Forest Estate, May 2013

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We support continued deer management on the National Forest Estate to protect and enhance wildlife.

Date: 7 May 2013

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RSPB’s evidence to the House of Commons inquiry into forest plant health and biosecurity, January 2013

RSPB’s evidence to the House of Commons inquiry into forest plant health and biosecurity, January 2013

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Wildlife impacts must be considered when tackling forest pathogens, pests and diseases

Date: 1 May 2013

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Woodland creation in England – RSPB’s response to government consultation

Woodland creation in England – RSPB’s response to government consultation

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Woodland expansion in England needs to be done carefully to protect non-woodland as well as woodland wildlife.

Date: 31 October 2012

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Policy Options for Control Measures for Ash Dieback (Chalara fraxinea)– RSPB’s response to government consultation

Policy Options for Control Measures for Ash Dieback (Chalara fraxinea)– RSPB’s response to government consultation

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These proposals need improving to better protect the wildlife of native ash trees and ash woodland across the UK

Date: 26 October 2012

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RSPB Cymru’s response to government consultation - Natural Resources Body for Wales (additional consultation)

RSPB Cymru’s response to government consultation - Natural Resources Body for Wales (additional consultation)

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RSPB Cymru has significant concerns about the protection and enhancement of Wales’ wildlife in these proposals to create single government body for the environment, through the merger of Forestry Commission Wales, Environment Agency in Wales and the Countryside Council for Wales.

Date: 15 October 2012

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RSPB Scotland’s response to government consultation - Strategic Directions for the Scottish National Forest Estate 2012-2015

RSPB Scotland’s response to government consultation - Strategic Directions for the Scottish National Forest Estate 2012-2015

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The proposals need more clarity and better ambition for restoring and managing wildlife on Forestry Commission Scotland managed land. This should build upon positive practical management for biodiversity already carried out, but action on a wider scale is needed to manage a range of habitats.

Date: 15 October 2012

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RSPB Scotland’s response to the Scottish Woodland Expansion Advisory Group consultation, January 2012

RSPB Scotland’s response to the Scottish Woodland Expansion Advisory Group consultation, January 2012

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Forestry expansion in Scotland needs to be done carefully to protect and enhance the wildlife of native woods, open ground habitats and for key bird species.

Date: 11 January 2012

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Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Draft Estate Management Strategy 2011-2021 – RSPB Northern Ireland’s response to consultation.

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Draft Estate Management Strategy 2011-2021 – RSPB Northern Ireland’s response to consultation.

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The state land managed by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Northern Ireland, including Forest Service forests, needs to be better and more extensively managed for wildlife and other public benefits. RSPB’s position on any possible Forest Service land sales, leasing or transfer arrangements is also outlined.

Date: 10 November 2011

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House of Commons Science & Technology Committee Inquiry on Forest Research – RSPB’s written evidence

House of Commons Science & Technology Committee Inquiry on Forest Research – RSPB’s written evidence

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The UK Government needs to refine its forest research programme to better meet the needs of sustainable multiple benefit forestry policy, including the protection and enhancement of biodiversity.

Date: 25 October 2011

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Independent Panel for Forestry in England – RSPB’s response.

Independent Panel for Forestry in England – RSPB’s response.

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This explains the RSPB’s views on the development of forestry policy in England, including the management of the Public Forest Estate.

Date: 2 August 2011

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Northern Ireland draft byelaws for Forest Service managed land – RSPB’s response to consultation

Northern Ireland draft byelaws for Forest Service managed land – RSPB’s response to consultation

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These draft byelaws need minor changes to ensure biodiversity is protected in the operation and management of Northern Ireland’s state forests.

Date: 26 July 2011

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