March 18th, 2016
Protected Wildflower Meadow Destroyed
Having secured a temporary reprieve from Natural England to delay a local farmer ploughing up a Local Nature Reserve and wildflower meadow, to allow due process to be followed, this designated and supposedly protected wildflower meadow was later destroyed by ploughing.
Under the EIA (Agricultural) Regs, NE the statutory regulator, it is only where areas of uncultivated grassland (often wildflower meadows) are over two hectares,that a screening decision has to be taken. The consequence of this is that many of these fragmented sites, being under 2 hectares, effectively have no protection at all. ELF is assisting an environmental campaigner and helping to pursue the wider implications with help from Jane Holder at UCL and the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust (and other conservation charities) in mounting a challenge at an EU level.