This accessibility statement applies to this website – – as maintained by Natural England.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • use browser settings or plugins to change colours, contrast levels and fonts;
  • use browser settings or other software to zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen (but zooming to 300 or 400% will not work well);
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard;
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver).

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible.

If you use a keyboard to move around the site:

  • you may find the menus and search function hard to use because the keyboard cursor (focus) does not move to those parts of the page;
  • in addition the focus indicator is not visible in a few places.

If you use a screen reader:

  • some images will not be described because they do not have alternative text;
  • navigating using headings may be tricky because headings are not always marked up correctly.

If you have low vision:

  • you may find it hard to read some text because the contrast is low.

Feedback and contact information

If you would like us to send you any of content on this website in a different format, please get in touch and tell us:

  • the web address (URL) of the content;
  • your email address and name; and
  • the format you need (eg. plain text, braille, BSL, large print or audio recording).

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within five days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please let us know.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’).

If you contact us with a complaint and are not happy with how we respond, please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Natural England is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

We intend to fix all issues detailed below by December 2022.

Colour contrast

There are a number of places where text has insufficient contrast with its background. These include:

  • the ‘Welcome to RaNTrans’ banner on the home page;
  • white text on light green background.

These fail WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3: Contrast (Minimum) (AA). People, especially partially sighted people, may find it hard to read text if the contrast is poor.


Some images do not have a text alternative, or use titles and aria-labels incorrectly, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. The images found with issues include:

  • Twitter logo in top bar;
  • RaNTrans logo in header;
  • search icon and menu icon;
  • some blog post images.

These fail WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1: (non-text content).

Keyboard issues
  • The floating language selection at the bottom cannot be accessed with the keyboard.
  • The cookie consent dialogue does not trap user focus, meaning users can continue to tab around the entire website.
  • Activating search does not move focus into the search input automatically.
  • The search overlay and the menu overlay do not trap focus.

These fail WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1: Keyboard (A). People with mobility or dexterity impairments who do not use a mouse cannot use these elements.

The language selector and back to top link lack a focus indicator. These fail WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7: Focus Visible (AA). Keyboard users will not know where the cursor is on the page.

Project schedule tables

Use of a table for layout with ‘colspan’ gives misleading information to screen reader users. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1: Info and Relationships (A).


Page zoom works up to 200%, but gets hard to use at 250% due to the fixed position elements. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.4: Resize text (AA). People, especially partially sighted people, may find it hard to read text because they cannot increase the font size.

Page zoom above 250% renders the site almost unusable. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.10: Reflow (AA). People with low vision who need enlarged text will have to scroll to see the whole page or will not be able to read it if the text overlaps other text.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are considering all issues found on the site and intend to fix them where possible. We will also avoid creating any new accessibility problems. The project is ending after December 2022 so will not be developed after that date.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared and last reviewed on 27 June 2022.

This website was last tested by the Defra Accessibility Team on 24 June 2022.

We carried out a basic accessibility check, not a full audit. We tested five pages including the home page. The pages were selected to give a small but representative sample of the page types used in the site and the types of page that we think most users will visit. We used a range of automated and manual tests. We did not use any assistive technology on the site.