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Natural England

What Natural England does

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.

Natural England is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

Who we are

We have 2,000 staff in offices throughout England, with a head office in York. See a map of our offices.


Within England, we’re responsible for:

  • promoting nature conservation and protecting biodiversity
  • conserving and enhancing the landscape
  • securing the provision and improvement of facilities for the study, understanding and enjoyment of the natural environment, eg new tower hide at Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve
  • promoting access to the countryside and open spaces and encouraging open-air recreation
  • contributing in other ways to social and economic well-being through management of the natural environment, eg changes to wildlife licensing to improve flexibility for developers


Equality and diversity

Natural England’s equality and diversity policies and how equality and diversity are monitored.

Our commitment

Natural England is committed to contributing to the achievement of a strong, healthy and just society. We promote personal well-being, social cohesion and inclusion, and creating equal opportunity for people in existing and future communities.

What we are doing

Natural England’s equality and diversity policies and procedures comply with the law and any duties required of public sector organisations. We ensure they are practiced in ways which foster an inclusive work and service environment where each person feels respected, valued and understood, whatever their diversity.

We use equality impact assessments (EqIAs) as a tool to ensure that equality, social inclusion and community cohesion issues are considered when drawing up policies or proposals which affect the delivery of services, development of policies or the running of projects. EqIAs help to measure whether policies will have a negative, neutral, or positive effect on different communities, and to identify potential improvements to services. For an example see recruitment selection (PDF, 164KB, 5 pages) .

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