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The Wash, England and a developing nature conservation strategy
Schofield, J.M.; Labern, M.V.; Lord, R.M.; Massey, M.E. (1992). The Wash, England and a developing nature conservation strategy. Publ. Ser. Neth. Inst. Sea Res. 20: 105-111
In: Publication Series. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). NIOZ: Den Burg. ISSN 0923-330X, more

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  • Schofield, J.M.; Labern, M.V.; Lord, R.M.; Massey, M.E. (1992). The Wash, England and a developing nature conservation strategy, in: Dankers, N.M.J.A. et al. (Ed.) Present and Future Conservation of the Wadden Sea: Proceedings of the 7th International Wadden Sea Symposium, Ameland 1990. 20: pp. 105-111, more

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  • Schofield, J.M.
  • Labern, M.V.
  • Lord, R.M.
  • Massey, M.E.

Abstract
    The Wash is the largest and one of the most important coastal wetlands in Great Britain. It lies on the eastern coast of England and covers an area of around 66,000 ha. It supports internationally important populations of waterfowl and seals. Many interests have the potential to conflict with the nature conservation importance and full cooperation between all interested parties is paramount. Wildfowling clubs were established in the late 1950s and early 1960s to control shooting but little other protection was afforded to the Wash. Much fringing salt marsh had disappeared onder agricultural reclamation until the Nature Conservancy Council (NCC; now called English Nature) notified it as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in the early 1970s and other conservation bodies purchased or leased areas of intertidal and terrestrial land. National protection measures have been reinforced by declaration of the Wash as a Ramsar site and Special Protection Area. As the Wash is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with international status the NCC is under remit to produce a plan for a strategic approach to nature conservation. This will be achieved through the production of a management strategy, initially in the form of discussion documents circulated to all interested parties. Ultimately the formation of a Wash Conservation Management Group is envisaged as a forum for discussion and progression of conservation and other objectives.

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