Today (27th December), an article was published in The Independent titled ‘Plans to dispose of nature reserves in chaos’.
‘… Secret Government negotiations to dispose of England’s most precious wildlife sites in a big money-saving exercise are in tatters.
Wildlife charities which the Government had assumed would take over the running of 140 national nature reserves are refusing to do so without new funding, which would run into many millions of pounds. Their insistence on a big cash injection as a condition of any transfer may mean the whole idea will be scrapped.
The reserves, which range from the Lizard in Cornwall to Lindisfarne in Northumberland, and in size from three-quarters of an acre at Horn Park Quarry in Dorset to 22,000 acres of the Wash, represent many of the finest wildlife sites in the country. There are 224 of them, 140 run by the Government’s wildlife agency, Natural England …’