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In Pictures: Preserving our environment after Brexit

Posted by Angela Glienicke - 18th June 2018

In the UK we have rich and diverse wildlife, a thriving renewable energy scene, and beautiful, clean beaches. At present, it’s the EU who upholds our environmental standards through legal frameworks like the Birds Directive or Bathing Water Directive.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the natural beauty that exists in the UK as well as the risks to habitats, water and air quality, if the government doesn’t live up to its promise of a ‘Green Brexit’.

We must protect what we have.

A Razorbill is photographed on the Shiant Isles, home to large populations of seabirds, including thousands of Puffins and Guillemots.
Puffins are photographed on the Isle of Canna, one of The Small Isles in the Sea of Hebrides, Scotland.
The Galtachan rocks are viewed from Eilean Taighe.
Plastic bottle are found on the beach in the Shiant Isles
This comparison image shows Blackpool Beach in 1990 and 2016. In 1990 the beach is covered in raw sewage and other waste, in 2016 the beach is clean due to the Bathing Water Directive, a regulation set by the EU.
Another comparison image showing Blackpool beach in 1990 (left) and 2016.
This mixed meadow of Corncockle Cornflowers, Field Poppies and Oxeye daisies was sown to attract and support local insects at Vane Farm RSPB reserve by Loch Leven, Scotland.
Eggborough Power Station is a large coal fired power station in North Yorkshire with a generating capacity of 1,960 megawatts.
Yelvertoft wind farm is located near Cranford, Northamptonshire, UK.
A Meadow Grasshopper is photographed in Dunyeats Hill nature reserve.
A car sits in stationary traffic in Birmingham.
Air pollution is visible in Brixton.
The Shiant Isles are home to large populations of seabirds.
Puffins  are photographed on the Isle of Canna, one of The Small Isles in the Sea of Hebrides, Scotland.