This was in my local(-ish) paper but it seems to be the Northants tip of a national iceberg. In the olden days it would have been an NGO that did this anlysis but not now – I wonder why not?
The basic story is that Natural England isn’t doing its job properly in acting as a regulator which monitors SSSIs and ensures that they are properly managed for the wildlife they contain. And whilst it is true that Natural England’s budget has been cut to the bone by an environmentally uncaring government, that isn’t a good enough reason to let NE off the hook completely. Why is NE not compiling and publishing these figures themselves? SSSIs are a core area of their responsibility. And while NE is crowdfunding for pointless projects such as a hen harrier reintroduction it will get little sympathy from me about their focus on the essential tasks – they aren’t focussing on the essential tasks.
It seems like this story is being rolled out bit by bit across the country – I haven’t yet found a nationwide report – I’d love to see it. And it’s not just for England. Somebody has put a lot of work in here and I ask again, why wasn’t it an NGO like the Wildlife Trusts or RSPB?
Government is failing to ensure the protection and proper management of our best wildlife sites. I didn’t vote for them – did you?