- the failure to carry out appropriate assessments on the Walshaw Moor Estate in the South Pennines Natura 2000 site, and other Natura 2000 sites, as required under the EU Habitats Directive in relation to a number of management agreements
- allowing burning of blanket bogs within the Natura 2000 sites
- the failure to avoid deterioration of blanket bog habitats within those sites in England
The UK government has two months to respond to the EU Commission letter, which was sent on 29th April 2016. This is the first step in a legal process’.