Natural England's Thursley National Nature Reserve(NNR)lies within
Defra's NPZ2 Protection Zone, near Elstead in Surrey. The Reserve
is close to Woolfords Farm, which has been associated with the
recent outbreak of FMD. There are no grazing stock on this open
access, healthland reserve.
Thursley National Nature Reserve remains open to visitors.Surrey County Council has received consent from the Secretary
of State to close rights of way and other forms of access within
this 3km Elstead Protection Zone. In support of Defra's disease
control measures, Natural England will close all access to this
National Nature Reserve.
Natural England has dedicated Reserve staff who will be assisting
the Local Authority with signage and closure, in accordance with
For more information please contact the Natural England Enquiry
Service: Tel: 0845 600 3078 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
or the Natural England press office: 0845 603 9953.
Natural England's priority is to support Defra and farmers in
the containment and eradication of this disease and we continue
to be in close contact with Defra over our involvement with the
control process. Site staff, on notification of the closure order,
are working to sign and close all access points on to the heathland
reserve as quickly as possible.
Natural England is taking every step to support Defra in preventing
the spread of Foot and Mouth disease.
Natural England is working closely with Defra, their partners
and customers to ensure that the wider countryside remains open.
The popular heathland site at Thursley National Nature Reserve,
which is within the Surveillance Zone, remains open to visitors.
However, as a key step to support disease control, Natural England
has suspended all planned visits to farms within the 3km Protection
Zone (PZ) around the infected site and the wider 10km Surveillance
Zone whilst investigations into the source of Foot and Mouth
Disease outbreak continue. Staff will be contacting any land
owners and occupiers affected by this action.
With sensible precautions, they are continuing to provide their
normal range of services across the country. Natural England
is continuing to work with farmers and land managers across the
country on their programmes to conserve and enhance the natural
environment, whilst observing strict biosecurity measures as
recommended by Defra.
They encourage anyone to get in touch through the normal routes
if they need to discuss anything with Natural England.
They will continue to update their website on
this issue as more information becomes
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