Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 24th January 2005.

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Photo of Ms Sue Doughty Ms Sue Doughty Shadow Minister (the Environment), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to complete the UK network of Natura 2000 sites for the habitat type Degraded Raised Bogs Still Capable of Natural Regeneration.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

In August 2000 Defra and its Country Agencies initiated a public consultation on 5 sites, chosen for their representation of

"degraded raised bogs capable of natural restoration", to be considered as UK contributions to the Natura 2000 network. Three of these sites have now been adopted by the European Commission as Sites of Community Importance.

Consultations on two remaining sites, Bolton Fell Moss and Solway Moss, are still ongoing in light of scientific objections raised about their candidature. A decision will be made regarding the designation of these sites following the outcome of these consultations and bilateral biogeographic discussions with the European Commission regarding the sufficiency of site lists for this habitat and others.

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