as he visited Woodwalton Fen, a national nature reserve and site of
special scientific interest (SSSI) in Cambridgeshire. Speaking at the
launch, Mr Morley encouraged the public to support and enjoy the
week long celebration of activities around the country.
Restoration work by English Nature is already underway at Woodwalton
Fen to restore 208ha to favourable condition through removal of scrub
to create new habitat and link existing areas.
Green Week, a European commission funded initiative, celebrates the
importance of international wildlife protection in Europe and takes
place between 15 and 19 April this year with events at wildlife sites
throughout Europe during this week and beyond, including special
areas of conservation (SACs) and special protection areas (SPAs).
Mr Morley said:
'I am delighted to be launching Green Week. This is a wonderful
reminder to us all of how many opportunities our natural environment
offers us. Meeting wildlife experts, taking part in guided walks or
making bat boxes are just a few of the activities planned to
encourage visitors to enjoy nature conservation sites in the UK.
'We have a rich natural heritage but there is no doubt that many
species and habitats are at risk. It is only by continuing to take
action to protect our environment that we can ensure generations to
come will have the same opportunities to enjoy this natural beauty.'
1. Green Week is an annual event organised by the European Commission
to highlight environmental issues across the European union. This
year the general theme of the week is: 'Our future: Our choice -
Changing our ways.' The week's programme is intended to put the
spotlight on the following areas:
- children's environment and health
- sustainable consumption and production
- the World Summit on Sustainable Development: Enriching the EU's
contribution - making globalisation work for sustainable
- Natura 2000 - from vision to reality.
2. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the implementation of the
Habitats Directive, which aims to protect wildlife species and their
habitats. The Directive identifies around 200 types of habitat, 200
animals and over 500 plant species as being of community interest,
and requiring protection. The Directive includes the requirement for
special areas of conservation (and special protection areas, notified
in accordance with the Wild Birds Directive - 79/409/EC) to
contribute to a Natura 2000 network of sites across the EU.
3. The EU Green Week website is:
4. English Nature is the government agency that champions the
conservation of wildlife and natural features throughout England.
5. Restoration work at Woodwalton Fen is being funded by money from
the government's Capital Modernisation Fund.