What we do

We are the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on environmental, food and rural issues. Our priorities are to grow the rural economy, improve the environment and safeguard animal and plant health.

Defra is a ministerial department, supported by 35 agencies and public bodies.

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We work on these topics

  1. Rural and countryside

    The interests of rural communities in the UK must be properly represented. Through investing in the rural economy, improving access to the countryside, coast and inland waterways, we will secure the future of these areas and their communities. Read more

  2. Food and farming

    Britain needs to ensure a sustainable supply of food for the UK market and export. Supporting and developing British farming, and encouraging sustainable food production (including fisheries) will ensure a secure, environmentally sustainable and healthy supply of food with improved standards of animal welfare. Read more

  3. Environment

    The government is working to protect our environment by reducing pollution, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, protecting areas of parkland, wildlife reserves and marine biodiversity, and enforcing regulations that keep our water and air clean. We also help communities avoid or recover from flooding and other weather-related hazards. Read more

  4. Wildlife and animal welfare

    The government offers advice and guidance to pet owners and also enforces legislation to protect pets against cruelty. The UK has a diverse and unique range of wildlife, but over-exploitation (such as over-fishing), habitat loss, climate change and the impact of non-native species all pose a threat. Read more

Our policies

  1. Reforming and managing marine fisheries for a prosperous fishing industry and a healthy marine environment

    What the government is doing to protect fish stocks by managing quotas, reducing discards, reforming fisheries and funding research and monitoring programmes.

  2. Adapting to climate change

    What the government is doing to make sure the UK is prepared for the potential impacts of climate change.

  3. Reducing bovine tuberculosis

    How the government is working to reduce and then eradicate bovine tuberculosis (TB) by providing research, advice, guidance and controls.

See all our policies

Documents

Our announcements

Our consultations

Our publications

Our statistics

  1. Latest statistics on the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in cattle in Great Britain

    • 24 April 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Food statistics pocketbook 2013

    • 24 April 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics

See all our statistics

Our ministers

Our management

Contact Defra

Defra Helpline

Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London

SW1P 3JR

The quickest way to get a response is to call our Helpline which is open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Alternatively you can email us at defra.helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk or write to us at the postal address given above. We aim to reply to emails or letters within fifteen working days.

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17 Smith Square

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SW1P 3JR

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