The report, entitled State of the Natural Environment, was published on 19 May and calls for a new approach to managing the countryside if it is to stand any chance of adapting to the next 50 years of unavoidable climate change and the modern pressures of development.

The findings have prompted NE to publish a Manifesto for the Natural Environment, which outlines what needs to be done to steer the UK on to a greener path by tackling difficult questions to help protect future natural assets.

On launching the report, Dr Helen Phillips, chief executive of NE, said: “England needs a new approach to conservation if we are to tackle effectively the modern pressures on land created by climate change and development. The natural environment is increasingly under threat, both within and especially away from protected areas.”

The rest of this article appears in 22 May issue of Shooting Times.

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