Professional & public bodies
Association for Heritage Interpretation
Bringing together people actively involved or concerned with interpretation of natural and cultural heritage.
Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management
Representing and supporting ecologists and environmental managers for the benefit of nature and society.
CLA Country, Land & Business Association
For owners of land, property and business in rural England and wales.
CNCC Council for Nature Conservation & the Countryside
Statutory advisor on nature conservation and natural beauty to the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland.
DEFRA Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
UK government department responsible for safeguarding the natural environment, supporting the food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy.
‘Exists to help people understand, value, care for and enjoy England’s unique heritage.’ Sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).
Environment Agency (England & Wales)
‘We work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development.’
Forest Service Northern Ireland
Covers forestry education, forest industry, forestry and the environment and forest planning. Part of the DAERA.
JNCC Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Advises the UK Government on UK & international nature conservation to maintain & enrich biological diversity & conserve geological features. UK BAP Priority Species: the most threatened & requiring conservation action, and protected areas.
Ministry of Defence: Sanctuary magazine
The MoD’s annual sustainability magazine – covering sustainable development and the sustainable management of the natural and built assets across the Defence estate, and how the MOD is undertaking its responsibility for stewardship of the estate in the UK and overseas.
National Parks UK
Guides to the UK’s 15 national parks: independent bodies funded by central government to conserve & enhance the natural beauty, wildlife & cultural heritage of their land. Also FAQs for students.
‘We’re the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide.’ (overseen by DEFRA). National Nature Reserves in England links to all the official nature reserves in England.
Northern Ireland Department of the Environment
Responsible for waste, water, pollution, biodiversity, historic environment, land & landscapes, etc.
OPAL Open Air Laboratories Network
UK-wide citizen science initiative that allows you to get hands-on with nature, whatever your age, background or level of ability. Activities, resources & national surveys collecting important scientific data. Events & workshops.
Scottish Countryside Rangers’ Association
Professional membership charity supporting countryside rangers in Scotland.
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
‘Our role is to help protect and maintain Scotland’s vital environmental resources.’