Natural England’s vision for the upland environment in 2060

The future vision for England’s uplands has been published by Natural England setting out the future direction Natural England feels will be the correct way forward for managing these important heather moorlands by the year 2060. To read and/or purchase the 14 page document follow the attached link.

Many of you who will take the time to read the document may be disappointed to discover the only mention of the hen harrier was a small insignificant thumb nail with an attached caption which was difficult to read featured on page 9. We can only assume the hen harrier doesn’t feature very high as a major player in Natural England’s future vision, on the other hand Natural England may be hedging their bets.

By 2060 most of the adults living in our society today will be long gone, much like the hen harrier we suppose. By this time perhaps our children will be learning about harriers from their history books funded by a lottery grant of £317,000 provided to the RSPB to help educate rural communities about hen harriers and the important part once upon a time they played in the biodiversity of England’s uplands.

8 comments to Natural England’s vision for the upland environment in 2060

  • sh23363

    I think you are a little harsh in your criticism. Let’s assume that the document has to be aimed at a variety of audiences so it is full of the usual platitudes, political correctness and has passed the ‘diversity and equality’ squad.

    Look at it from the point of view of the moorland landowner: First picture – man standing on crag admiring your land – mmm/… just a little annoying that it gives the immediate impression that the countryside is for all. Then look at the before and after pictures of the uplands now and in 2060. That’s where the lone HH appears as a symbol of the diversity of the countryside. But more important look at the reduction of the extent of burning – now, that will get Mr Moorowner’s blood pressure going.

  • John Miles

    Interesting yesterday Croglin Estate the adjacent estate next to the RSPB reserve at Geltsdale are constructing new roads crossing our local SSSI- SPA- Red Grouse Moors! I did not see any plans for such roads in this area shown on the maps produced for 2060.

    Does that mean estates will be made to fill them in to bring the moorland back wilderness or will they get away with damaging these so called protected areas as they have always been allowed to do- just who is pulling the strings here?

    What is the point of Natural England getting paid if they don’t do their job correctly? Can Natural England confirm they have granted planning permission before allowing the SPA and SSSi to be damaged in this way or not?

    • Ann Cardwell

      There is no better example of tangible evidence highlighting Natural England’s complicity resulting in the destruction of an SSSi and SPA than what has been allowed to take place at Tarnbrook fell near Abbeystaed in the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire. The biodiversity of England’s uplands so important to Dr Helen Phillips, Natural England’s Chief Executive, was completely ruined in this region when planning consent was approved allowing the estate owned by the Duke of Westminster to construct miles and miles of estate access roads crisscrossing this once fantastic pristine heather moorland ecosystem.

      In the mid 1980’s from my own observations within this once wild and unspoilt moorland area, I was aware of cliff and ground nesting peregrines and at least two pairs of hen harriers together with several pairs of short-eared owls. Now the biodiversity of Tarnbrook has been completely destroyed by the access tracks approved by Natural England’s predecessor. So much for Natural England’s vision for 2060, when the result is the eradication of moorland biodiversity within areas like Tarnbrook.

  • paul williams

    Tarnbrook fell looks like a working quarry when viewed at close range or from hawthornthwaite fell, it is still the colour of grey whichever angle you view it from. Is this how Natural England allow royalty to treat and manage our moorland. No summer or autumn colours up there, just the GREY STONES OF TARNBROOK

  • fell walker

    Tarnbrook this year was void of merlins, which tried to breed there last year. I have not seen a hen harrier around there since the late 80s. The only birds you see are the gulls from the gullery and plenty of them redate on ground nesting birds like red grouse chicks………

    • Steve Yandall

      All you write falls in line with our experience of Natural England in the SW.We (Save Penwith Moors)drew attention to NE’s failure to adhere to the Aarhus Convention/Disability Dis.Act etc etc.

      This has reached ministerial level with ABSOLUTELY no action. NE tried to influence our MP,fenced off land which was not under their HLS remit and failed to remediate archaeological damage caused by their agenda but still no action! We gained a Parliamentary Ombudsman decision to satisfy our demands but have had to return to the PO as NE failed to satisfy anything but their own needs.

      Yours is the worst indictment of our ‘stewards’ that I have yet heard BUT the best justification to challenge and change culpable organisations.

  • Derby birder

    Well don on picking out one piece from a very well constructed 14 page document. Again, failing to recognise that NE has to consider the countryside as a whole, both as a place for wildlife and a place for tourism, farming, enjoyment via other activites. They must work closely with land owners to do this, which in many many cases includes moorlands where grouse are shot. It would be impossible for NE to do other parts of theor job (the non bird of prey bit) if they went around ramming hen harrier propaganda down the throats of everyone on the moors. Maybe you should consider this??

    Like the bit of assumption at the end of this rather short story. Nothing like a bit of assunption to get people angry is there?

  • John Miles

    Sadly that 1 piece is exactly the piece that can destroy the rest. David Bellamy once wrote that these uplands were wilderness areas. Put roads through them for somebody to use a few weeks in the year using tax payers money and the rest fall flats. And that is without mentioning ‘Hen Harrier’!!