Matt Ridley gives the government only five out of ten for its new environment policy (Comment, Jan 15, and letter Jan 17). That seems harsh. For the first time we are committed to working with, rather than against, farmers - the very people that provide homes to the majority of our wildlife.
Encouraging farmers to embrace conservation through cutting bureaucracy, making grant application processes simpler and the provision of expert advice (research shows this alone can increase biodiversity by 20 per cent) is exactly the sort of thing we need. I suggest our wildlife would give this new approach ten out of ten for rejecting five decades of even-greater regulation, inspection and fines - which failed.
Director of communications
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.
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