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ACCESS & CONSERVATION

Call for nature's recovery by 2030

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01/03/2021

The Prime Minister has called on world leaders to turn around nature’s decline by 2030. But there’s no commitment in law to do the same here in the UK. The Environment Bill is the last chance to set this right and today sees the launch of a new ‘State of Nature’ campaign.
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How does England’s roadmap for easing Covid restrictions affect climbers and walkers?

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23/02/2021

The government has published its plan on how England will exit lockdown and the restrictions that have limited our activities over the past year. The plan provides a comprehensive roadmap for how life could get back to normal, but what are the key milestones for climbers and walkers?
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Climbing, walking & ash dieback: what do you need to know?

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15/02/2021

Many of the landscapes we visit and value as climbers and walkers are dominated by ash woodland, but a fungal disease – ash dieback – is expected to decimate the population of these trees across Britain. Not only might the landscape change dramatically, but also the rapid decay in affected trees can make them dangerous to anyone walking underneath, not to mention climbers who might have up until now relied on ash trees for runners or belays. This could be a new type of objective danger to many of us, but what do we need to know and how can you assess the risk?
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We still need your help to Save Outdoor Centres

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26/02/2021

We still need your help to Save Outdoor Centres. Did you know that the UK stands to lose over half of its outdoor education centres permanently if immediate Government action is not taken?
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Wales Lockdown Part 3: what it means for climbers and hillwalkers

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19/02/2021

Late on Saturday December 18th, Welsh Government unexpectedly announced that all of Wales would enter an Alert Level 4 Full Lockdown with immediate effect and for an indefinite period. What does this mean for climbers, hill-walkers and mountaineers? Important updates added on 29 January.
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Open Debate: Fixed gear on rock climbs in North Wales

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01/02/2021

If you are interested in playing your part in developing a common, sustainable approach to the use of fixed gear in North Wales, join our online debate on Tuesday 23 February 2021, starting at 6.30 pm.
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Ash dieback: upcoming Peak District road closures

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26/01/2021

The National Trust has announced road closure dates for ash tree removal work in the Peak. If you're lucky enough to be getting out to these places over the next few weeks, take note:
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Law of Trespass could change

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18/01/2021

Along with several other organisations, the BMC has written to the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and DEFRA to share our grave concerns about the Government’s proposals to make trespass a criminal, instead of a civil, offence. This could have the potential to change how people access and enjoy the countryside and green spaces.
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Experts sought for BMC Land Management Group (LMG)

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18/01/2021

The BMC is seeking several new volunteers to advise on the management of our crags and associated land holdings. If you have a background in property law, rural practice surveying, geotechnical engineering, the quarry industry or conservation management – please read on.
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Forgive Us Our Trespasses

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15/01/2021

Proposals to make ordinary trespass a criminal offence have alarmed outdoor groups, including the BMC. Ahead of a debate in Parliament on the issue and the possibility of Government publishing the Police Powers and Protections Bill, Ed Douglas calls for the Government to think again.
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