Examination of Witnesses (Questions 200
WEDNESDAY 10 JANUARY 2001
MR S THOMAS,
MR D MARKHAM
200. On the roads which I travel around in the
South East, which are heavily used, I am always amazed at how
appalling the verges are. Do you ever get called in to try to
give them some advice on what they can do to make those roads
look nicer for the people who are actually using them?
(Mr Markham) The whole issue of landscape and aesthetics
and appeal of the roadside verge is more an issue for the Countryside
Agency rather than English Nature.
201. You are really there to protect the wild
animals and things.
(Mr Thomas) And plants. The fact is that they plan
to manage their estate according to the biodiversity action plan.
What we shall be doing is identifying some key species, some key
habitats which they can actually put effort into and will get
the wildlife back and some of the landscape things you are identifying
and saying are nice are probably those very typical habitats and
species which we shall be encouraging them to plant and manage
in the biodiversity action plans they promise they are going to
Chairman: Thank you very much indeed. Frogs
of the world unite. Thank you very much for giving us evidence.