Hugo Swire Takes a Walk on the Wild Side with Natural England

East Devon’s local MP, Sir Hugo Swire, met with Natural England (2nd February 2018) to discuss their plans and ongoing work within his constituency. The discussion focussed on the one hour walk that runs alongside the River Otter from Budleigh Salterton Beach which also follows the route of the South West Coast Path.

Hearing about the Lower Otter Restoration Project and habitat creation, Hugo said: “The Lower Otter Estuary is a beautiful place, providing habitat for a large variety of wildlife. It is just one of the reasons that I am so keen to support the Government’s 25 year environmental strategy, so that we can leave our planet to our children in a better state than we found it.”

During the wide-ranging conversation, they covered many other things including:

· Wrasse exploitation and Marine Protected Areas,

· Coastal Change,

· Development pressure in East Devon; and

· Neighbourhood Plans and their influence.

Speaking after the visit, Wesley Smyth, Natural England’s Area Manager for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “It was great to be able to show Hugo Swire how Natural England is supporting and leading innovative and forward-looking investments in our natural environment, such as the Otter estuary restoration project and the establishment of an England Coast path. Initiatives like these will help deliver the Government’s recently published 25 year environment strategy.”

Sir Hugo added: “It is organisations like Natural England that continue to educate the public about the importance of our natural environment. I look forward to working closely with them as we continue to ensure that East Devon is maintained as a beautiful to place to live, work and visit.”