Category Archives: Natural England

Three nightjar-highlights

I had three nightjar-sightings on my survey visit this year, a record for me. Continue reading

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Let’s reinvent the Countryside Agency

We must not forget the Countryside Agency which was born 20 years ago today, on 1 April 1999.
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One hundred Opinions

In the autumn 2018 issue of Open Space magazine I wrote my 100th Opinion article. Continue reading

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National parks: a common good

I was invited to have the last word at the national park societies’ conference, held on Dartmoor during World Commons Week. Continue reading

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A welcome focus on public access

Lord Blencathra, deputy chair of Natural England, made an excellent speech about public access at the launch of the National Land Access Centre. Continue reading

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A seventieth birthday gift?

The government’s review of national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty looks positive. We must make sure it is. Continue reading

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The coast is our birthright

In 1936, my predecessor at the Open Spaces Society, Laurence Chubb, called for the protection of the coast and our access to it:  We have called attention more than once to the danger which confronts the people of this island of … Continue reading

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68th birthday of ‘a people’s charter’

Today is the 68th anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. Continue reading

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What about Natural England?

Michael Gove has announced that he will set up a new environmental body post Brexit, but he already has one. Continue reading

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Natural England must champion paths

Natural England is becoming a government mouthpiece. It must champion public paths and access. Continue reading

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