What's New

September 2021

MEAS and Merseyside BioBank have been commissioned by the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Combined Authority to prepare a ‘LCR State of Nature Report’. This report will form part of the Combined Authorities emerging LCR Spatial Development Strategy evidence base and will provide a baseline and recommendations to help shape strategic natural environment policy. This work will also help inform a future Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) at a landscape scale for the City Region.

The LCR State of Nature Report will include a range of indicators to measure the status and trends of designated sites, habitats and species across the LCR. Data gathering and analysis is ongoing over summer 2021 and we would welcome contributions from local naturalists, wildlife groups and recorders on these subject matters.

The LCR Combined Authority will hold engagement events in summer 2022 as part of the Spatial Development Strategy preparation phase so there will be opportunity to comment on the Strategy and evidence base in due course. This will include non-statutory ‘awareness sessions’ and public consultation on preferred policy options.

Contact MEAS or MBB if you would like to contribute.


April 2021


2021 City Nature Challenge - Liverpool City Region - 30th April to 3rd May


The City Nature Challenge is happening this Bank Holiday Weekend.

 Last year they had nearly 200 people make 6000 observations in the Liverpool City Region!

 It`s easy to get involved - you just need to download the iNaturalist App and start photographing any wildlife or plants you see out and about across the weekend!.


To find out more please follow this link to the website

City Nature Challenge

August 2020

Echo Environment Awards 2020

The LCR Year of Environment 2019, Nature Connected and MEAS are delighting to be sponsoring two awards at this evenings #EchoEnvironment Awards 2020. This includes:


  • Young Environmental Champion – sponsored by Nature Connected; and
  • Outstanding Environmental Project or Action undertaken for LCR Year of Environment 2019 – sponsored by LCR Year of Environment.


We really would love you to join us for the event tonight (10/09/2020) at 6:30pm



The winners will be revealed live @echoenvironment @yoe2019lcr and here on our website www.meas.org.uk

Good luck everyone and hope to see you all tonight!


  #yoe2019lcr #echoenvironment #iwill4yoe

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July 2020

2020 IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards

Nature Connected and MEAS are delighted to announce that the LCR Year of Environment 2019 has been shortlisted under 2 categories for the 2020 IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards:


Biodiversity and Environmental Net Gain

Sustainability Campaign (Not-For-Profit-Charity)


This is a fantastic achievement as the IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards attracted a great number of entries this year and the judges found it particularly difficult to single out the shortlisted entries.


This is a testament to all the hard work of Nature Connected and their partners and sponsors including MEAS who helped deliver a successful Year of Environment #YOE2019LCR.


The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on 18 September 2020. Find out more here: https://iemaawards.net/

IEMA Awards 2020 Shortlisted

April 2020


2020 City Nature Challenge Update

3 days to go until the start of City Nature Challenge 2020! Record wildlife in your house, garden or whilst taking exercise this weekend 24th to 27th April.

Its really simple and easy,just follow the hints and tips here. Be part of something bigger #CNC2020 #YOElegacy

 City Nature Challenge

2020 City Nature Challenge - Liverpool City Region - 24th to 27th April

Liverpool City Region is taking part in a global wildlife spotting challenge and needs your help!

This April, nature enthusiasts are being asked to join international efforts to find and document the wildlife living in cities by taking part in the 5th international City Nature Challenge.
To find out more please follow this link:


City Nature Challenge

March 2020

Corona Virus Update - the team is working from home until such time as Government advice allows us to return to a more normal working pattern.  You will not be able to telephone the team direct. 

There are 6 ways you can contact the team with urgent enquiries:

Leave a phone message by dialling 0151 934 4951
Development Management and Planning Applications email to measdcconsultations@sefton.gov.uk
General Enquiries email to EAS.info@sefton.gov.uk
Historic Environment Record email to Merseyside.HER@sefton.gov.uk
Local Environmental Record Searches email to info@merseysidebiobank.org.uk
Individual Officers email to name.surname@sefton.gov.uk or name.surname@eas.sefton.gov.uk

We will respond to your enquiry as quickly as possible.  For planning advice we will continue to work towards agreed deadlines unless instructed otherwise.  Please bear with us during this difficult time as inevitably there will be some service disruption.  Keep safe and stay at home – remember the virus can only spread if people move and spread it.

December 2018


2019 will be a year of green action across Liverpool City Region where people from all backgrounds will have the opportunity to be involved in projects that improve the natural world. Our aim is to leave a better environment for the next generation to inherit and make our area one of the best places in the country to live, work and flourish.

A website has been created to act as a hub for activities/events and communication throughout the year. This is the Liverpool City Region Year of Environment 2019 website.

July 2017

Please note MEAS is moving offices on 19th July 2018. Our new address and contact details will be:

 2nd Floor

Magdalen House

Trinity Road


L20 3NJ


Tel: 0151 934 4951 

June 2016

MEAS will be holding a lunchtime reception on the 29th June from 12.45 to mark the completion of our Historic England funded project to completely digitise the Merseyside Historic Environment Record (HER). The event will take place at the Museum of Liverpool and will include short presentations by representatives of the Museum, Historic England and the HER project team. We are seeking outside sponsorship to cover some of the costs of the meeting and if you are interested in providing support, or just in attending, please contact the HER Team by e-mail at Merseyside.her@eas.sefton.gov.uk or by phone on 0151 934 2791.

**NEW ARRIVAL** From June 2016, MEAS has an Archeologist (Planning) officer in post who will be providing archaeological advice relating to planning and development management to the local authorities of Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral. Further information is available here.

May 2016

The LCR Ecological Network interactive mapping website launches today (06/05/2016). The website enables users to view and query designated site and habitat data online for the first time in the Liverpool City Region. The maps can be accessed directly from the following URL: http://www.activenaturalist.org.uk/lcren/map/

December 2015

MEAS staff on behalf of the 6 Liverpool City Region Councils picked up the Collaboration Award for the Joint Waste Local Plan at the RTPI North West Planning Achievement Awards 2015 on Friday 4th December at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. The Plan was heralded as "An excellent flagship project for cross-boundary policy making..." For more information click here. A big well done to everyone involved on the project!

November 2015

**UPDATE** Nature Connected (the LCR Local Nature Partnership) also approved the LCR Ecological Network on 17 November.  We will provide further updates on the Ecological Network as it progresses.

The Government, and the 6 Liverpool City Region Councils agreed on 19 November 2015, to a Devolution Deal for the sub-region. The Deal covers Sefton, Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley, Wirral and Halton.The Deal would see almost £1 billion of additional funding for the City Region over the next 30 years, together with an increase local decision-making and funding control in relation to the key priority areas of economic development, transport and skills. The Devolution Deal gives the City Region councils more control over decisions that Government currently makes in our local area.

The digitisation project of the Merseyside Historic Environment Record is now 69% of the way through Phase 1, processing the paper Sites and Monuments Record sheets from the 1970s and ‘80s. We also currently have a team of local volunteers working on listed buildings data for Merseyside, checking listing information and ensuring they are properly recorded on the HER. For more information about the HER project click here.

Liverpool City Region Ecological Network was approved 6 November 2015 by Heads of Planning at Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St.Helens, Wirral and West Lancashire Councils. The project will form a key part of their Local Plan evidence base and is the culmination of 8 years hard work. For more information click here.