National Nature Reserves: what happens next?

England’s National Nature Reserves – which include some wonderful freshwaters (like the Pevensey Levels and Woodwalton Fen) are the ‘crown jewels’ of our wildlife habitats – and the risk that they might be ‘sold off’ was first highlighted in the Guardian last August.

Today’s Telegraph is reporting that they won’t be sold.

But will they be staying with Natural England or being transferred out to a mutual company set up by the staff running the reserves? We don’t yet know as far as I can see (though I’m only reading the papers here).

Maybe it would make more sense, as Mark Avery has suggested, to merge Natural England and the Forestry Commission.

But please note: I may be biased towards Mark’s ideas as he’s also a Pond Conservation Trustee.

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