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Nature reserve status for WWII base
New strategy to
Skipwith Common regarded as one of the UK's "best examples" of lowland heath
improve Welsh waters
Environment Agency Wales and By Pete Hayman
the Welsh Assembly Government
have launched a new set of Natural England (NE) has
measures, which have been confirmed that Skipwith
drawn up to further improve the Common, Yorkshire, which is
quality of Welsh waters by 2015. home to a former Second
The River Basin Management World War bomber base, has
Plans form part of efforts to been designated as a National
improve and protect the water Nature Reserve.
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farming groups, industry and Scientific Interest and a Special The site is home to a numnber of rare plant and wildlife habitats
local authorities. Welsh rivers, Area of Conservation.
lakes, estuaries, coastline and Part of the site, which boasts National Parks and Access to haven for wildlife, and a place
groundwaters are set to benefit dry and wet heathland and rare the Countryside Act – the that everyone can enjoy.
as a result of the new measures. plants, dragonflies and other legislation which led to the "Skipwith Common is one of
invertebrates habitats, was creation of National Nature the best examples of lowland
New plans for Scottish
used during the Second World Reserves and National Parks. heath in the north of England
water environment
War as an airfield to train NE chair Poul Christensen and this declaration is a fitting
New plans drawn up by the Halifax bomber crews. said: "An immense amount of way to mark the 60th anniver-
Scottish Environment Protection The site's designation also work has gone towards sary of the Act that first
Agency, designed to improve the helps to mark the 60th ensuring that this much-loved brought National Nature
environmental quality of rivers, anniversary of the 1949 landscape remains both a Reserves into being."
lochs and seas, have been
approved by Scottish ministers.
The River Basin Management
Conservatives pledge to preserve national parks
plans will provide improved
benefits for wildlife and tourism By Luke Tuchscherer
sectors in Scotland by
introducing measures to help The Conservative Party has
cope with the impact of climate announced that it will "strongly"
change. More than 100 support National Parks across
stakeholders were consulted the UK if it wins this year's
regarding the proposals. general election.
Speaking on a live web chat
Tree planting scheme
on the Guardian's website,
for North Hampshire
shadow environment secretary
The Forestry Commission has Nick Herbert said that the
started work on an extensive party was "committed" to the
winter conservation project to parks, which include the Lake The Tories said parks were the UK's "most precious landscapes"
plant more than 50,000 new District, the Brecon Beacons,
trees at the Crowthorne and the Pembrokeshire Coast and to continue to give the parks housing for local people, and
Bramshill Forests in north the New Forest. our strong backing. supporting a diverse and
Hampshire. The work will form In response to a question "I recently signed a [House of] successful rural economy that
part of a wider scheme across from one "cwestney", who Commons motion marking the sustains these landscapes.
South East England to plant asked what the Conservative 60th anniversary of the "You probably won't be
more than 250,000 trees in a bid Party's policy on funding for creation of National Parks and surprised to hear that in the
to improve sustainable forestry. the UK's National Parks was, pointing to the challenges and current economic climate I can't
Plans include 10,000 Scots Pine Herbert replied: "National opportunities they face, make any pledges about
trees for Crowthorne Forest and parks protect our most precious including tackling and funding in any Defra area, but I
a further 40,000 earmarked for landscapes. They're vitally adapting to climate change, hope this makes our commit-
Bramshill Forest. important areas and we need helping provide affordable ment to the parks clear."
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