UK’s Dogger Bank is new EU protected site

The EU has added 235 sites to its protected environment network – including a stretch of water off the UK coastline which shares its name with a new offshore wind farm project in the North Sea. Dogger Bank was included because its sandbank habitats are important spawning and nursery grounds for many commercial fisheries. The […]

EU extends protected natural areas

The EU is widening the natural areas under its environmental protection scheme. More than 18,000 km sq in countries including the UK, France, Greece and Italy are to be included in Natura 2000, the EU’s network of conservation areas designed to preserve biodiversity and safeguard ecosystems. This includes a major swathe of marine areas covering […]