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It's the return of the Doomsday Book - only for ferns and liverworts this time...

The Son of the Bennotollah is kicking it off. Perhaps he 'had deep speech with his counsellors and [will send] men all over England to each shire ... to find out ... what or how much each landholder [has] in land and livestock, and what it [is] worth".

"A wide-ranging audit of England's natural resources - its wildlife, habitats and ecosystems - was today launched by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn.

The two year project will result in the most comprehensive picture ever of our natural environment, the benefits it provides to society, and how it is changing".

I feel sorry for the poor devil who will be going through Epping Forest clicking every time he / she sees a fern, but sorrier for whoever has to peer at fungal spores on the rocks in the Peak District.

Facetiousness to one side, note this: 'The results will be used by Government to prioritise work so that the natural environment is enhanced'. Erm, the natural environment is what we would have if it was left untouched, so anything the state does, from the Forestry Commission (or whatever it is called this week - 'Treesational!' maybe?) to Canute efforts via nerds with laptops kicking leaves around to moss auditors sneezing in areas of outstanding natural beauty is rendering it unnatural.

I think that I will never see, a Benn Plan lovely as a tree....

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Blogger Nick Drew said... 7:56 am

and Hilarious Augustus sent out a decree, that all nature was to be taxed ...

for a government that has decided there will no longer be a door-to-door Census of human beings in the UK (surely the most grotesque abdication of basic responsibility), this is a pretty surreal development !  



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