Wildlife conservation charity RSPB has promoted Simon Marsh to the role of head of nature protection.
Marsh, formerly head of sustainable development, will be leading a team aiming to use planning and real estate law to safeguard and conserve natural sites for birds.
A chartered town planner, Marsh joined the charity in 2004 as head of planning and regional policy.
In his new role, he will be responsible for the protection of natural sites and the prevention of unsustainable and unlawful killing of birds using expertise and insight into the legal and planning systems.
Marsh said: “It's challenging times for nature in the UK: environmental laws are under threat, inadequate, poorly implemented or enforced; development threats are not going away, but casework is getting harder to win; protected sites are neglected and poorly managed, and many species are in serious decline.
"This certainly includes protecting nature through the planning system, but our remit is much broader than that.”
Marsh previously sat on the former Department of Communities and Local Government's Planning Sounding Board.
In 2013, he received an MBE in in honour of his work on the National Planning Policy Framework practitioners’ advisory group.
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