National Trust to be quizzed by Lords on biodiversity

The Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 will continue its inquiry with two evidence sessions on Tuesday 10 October. The Committee will hear from the National Trust and Kent Downs AONB Unit as well as a Former Chief Executive of Exmoor National Park Authority. Watch it live here.

The Committee will consider what impact budget cuts have had on the ability of Natural England to deliver its objectives; the opportunities and risks Brexit may have for managing our natural environment and what measures the National Trust is taking to conserve biodiversity on its own land.

At 11:05am the Committee will hear evidence from:

Mr Nick Johannsen, Director, Kent Downs AONB Unit
Dr Nigel Stone, Former Chief Executive, Exmoor National Park Authority

At 12:05pm the Committee will hear evidence from:

Mr Harry Bowell, Director, North, National Trust
Dr David Bullock, Head of Species and Habitat Conservation, National Trust

Possible questions for the two sessions include:

  • How might the UK’s exit from the European Union affect the work of the National Trust and its partners?
  • What are the opportunities and risks for conserving, managing and helping people to access nature in this country?
  • What action is the National Trust taking to conserve biodiversity, and are levels of biodiversity improving or decreasing on National Trust land?
  • To what extent has the loss of the CRC and RCPU affected the Government’s ability to address key social and economic issues such as rural housing and rural broadband?
  • To what extent have recent budget cuts affected Natural England’s ability to engage in work or partnerships that help to deliver against its core objectives?

The evidence session will take place at 11:05amTuesday 10 October in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords. Watch is live at

The NERC Act 2006 Committee was appointed to consider and report on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006. For further information on the Committee please see its website where you can sign-up for email alerts.