Our ninth assessment of the forthcoming legislation that we consider is likely to have consequences for ecologists or the environment. We review issues ranging from a global scale, those in the European Union, those in the United Kingdom and constituent countries. Our purpose is to encourage greater interest and awareness of policy changes so that readers can get involved and be aware of opportunities and challenges.
There is a parallel process identifying technological, societal and biological changes that are likely to have impacts on conservation published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution.
At the time of writing (February 2019) it is highly uncertain how Brexit will develop, which obviously has massive implications. The need to pass Statutory Instruments (under the EU Withdrawal Act, 2018) means that environmental governance after Brexit is still unclear despite publication of the Environment Bill on 19 December 2018. The previous legislative scans (Sutherland 2011–17) are available to download for free on the BES website. The issues described in those scans are not repeated here, even if still relevant.