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First conviction under Finn’s Law, applications for the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund are open and fish deaths in the river Sheppey

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Picture of police dog, Finn, lying down. The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament are in the backdrop.

On this morning's blog we look at the first conviction under Finn’s Law, the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation fund, which is now open for applications, and the fish deaths in the river Sheppey.

Environment Secretary visits Countryfile Live and Defra supports RSPCA report on stamping out "appalling trade" of illegal puppy farming

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Image of Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers with Hilary McGrady, Director General of the National Trust, and three young environmentalists

Read today's blog to see the Environment Secretary's statement about the situation in Whaley Bridge, the Environment Secretary's recent visit to Countryfile Live and how Defra supports the RSPCA in stamping out illegal puppy trading.

Plastic bags sales down by 90% following government 5p charge, decision on metaldehyde and RPA payments

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Plastic bag floating in water

Today's blog looks at the success of the 5p plastic bag charge as the Environment Secretary reveals bag sales are down by 90% since it the charge was introduced. Furthermore, the Rural Payments Agency confirms that overdue agri-environment claims have been fully paid, we provide clarification on government reconsideration of metaldehyde ban and National Parks Minister, Lord Garner, visits New Forest Show.