The Environment Agency and Natural England were granted new civil powers on 3 February, which will give them greater flexibility in enforcing environmental law. The new sanctions offer the regulators an alternative to criminal prosecutions. In the majority of cases, non-compliance with the law is unintentional and, therefore, sanctions are deemed more proportionate. Read page 10 of this week’s issue (17th February)to learn how the new powers will affect shooters and landowners.