Baroness asks for new powers
BARBARA YOUNG, chair of English Nature, the governments nature conservation watchdog, sets out the need for new powers to deal with erring farmers reports The Guardian.
These include the powers of entry on to protected sites and tougher penalties for damage to Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
In the articles she quotes several examples where these sites have been damaged.
One included is where a dairy farmer drained part of a protected wet meadow, allowed the rest to go to scrub and refused to deal with English Nature.
- Rogue landowners off the hook, FWi, 02 August, 1999
- Call to scrap SSSI payment schemes, FWi, 31 July, 1998
- Officialdom failing to protect nature sites, FWi, 25 June, 1998
- Farmers fight over ancient flower meadows, FWi, 26 May, 1998
- Powys farmer ploughs protected field, FWi, 16 March, 1998
- The Guardian 04/08/99 page 4 (Society section)