Link: Bruce Winney, Policy Officer
Update from the group:
We had conversations with individuals involved in all five LNRS pilots (Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Northumberland) to understand their contrasting experiences. This allowed us to focus on a number of areas of concern that formed a framework for examining the outputs from the pilots.
The pilots submitted their reports (a statement of biodiversity priorities and a habitat map) at the end of May 2021. We had access to all of them and prepared a more detailed briefing, which complements Defra's 'lessons learned'. We shared this with both Natural England and Defra and it is aided our response to the LNRS consultation.
It is important that sufficient resources are put in place to ensure that LNRSs are put together properly and we followed an estimate of what is required with a briefing and some written Parliamentary Questions (here, here and here) from Caroline Lucas. These were followed by questions from Baroness Parminter in the House of Lords (here, here and here) These asked that sufficient funding is allocated from the Defra uplift in the comprehensive spending review.
Currently Defra are preparing the guidelines and are talking to potential responsible authorities for the 50 or so LNRSs and we await to see the results, probably around end March or April 2022.
For further information, contact Bruce Winney, Link’s Policy Officer.
Last updated: 29th March 2022
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