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Right to Roam

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department is undertaking into the environmental impact of a general right to roam on coastal areas, with particular reference to wetlands. (90224)

English Nature has carried out a strategic review of the environmental impacts of pedestrian access on nature conservation interests, including wetlands, to ensure that each of the options under consideration for improving public access to the coast meets the tests set out in the Habitat Regulations 1994. Its advice will be included as part of Natural England’s report to DEFRA.