Wildlife Groups Fear Reduction in Marine Conservation Zones; CONSERVATION
THE Government is failing to deliver on its wildlife and landscape promises, leading environmental groups in Merseyside claimed last night.
Lancashire and Cheshire Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB said a long-awaited network of marine protected areas, promised by ministers for 2012, is in danger.
The trusts, which are instrumental in marine campaigning and research, urged the public to write to Richard Benyon MP, under-secretary for natural environment and fisheries, in support of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).
Clare Reed, the RSPB's marine conservation officer for the North West, said: "Two years ago, we were delighted the importance of marine conservation was finally recognised with the introduction of the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act.
"But the latest position, as far as the Irish Sea is concerned, looks like the Government is showing no ambition for providing a comprehensive network of MCZs in a timely fashion." Apart from the reduction of the number of proposed MCZs which will be designated in a first tranche, the RSPB is concerned there are no guarantees about when further sites will be put forward. …