HC Deb 06 March 1958 vol 583 cc143-4W
61. Major Legge-Bourke

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, as representing the Lord President of the Council, what periodical steps are taken by the Nature Conservancy to check that areas scheduled by the conservancy as Nature Reserves or as being of special scientific interest still harbour the flora or fauna or both that originally prompted such scheduling.

Mr. Godber

Nature Reserves declared under Section 19 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, 1949, are inspected at frequent intervals by the Nature Conservancy's Wardens and Regional Officers. It is not at present practicable for the Conservancy to undertake a periodical check of all sites which have been notified as being of special scientific interest—except for sites which are under negotiation as additional Nature Reserves or which come up for review over the quinquennial revision of County Development Plans. Investigation is, however, made when any special need for it is brought to notice, and if the hon. and gallant Member has any particular instance in mind, the Nature Conservancy will be glad to look into it.

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