Visitors are once again welcome at Thursley National Nature Reserve
(NNR) in Surrey. The nature reserve has re-opened after a two week
closure as part of Defra's disease control measures to prevent
the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease.
Following the Secretary of State's announcement that access restrictions
could be lifted, Surrey County Council and Natural England have
removed the closure signs associated with the Foot and Mouth outbreak
from the NNR car park and entrance points.
Thursley NNR now lies within Defra's Surveillance Zone, and Natural
England is continuing to support all efforts to contain the outbreak
of Foot and Mouth Disease. Even though there are no stock grazing
on Thursley NNR, Natural England asks that all visitors take the
precautionary step of disinfecting their boots on entering and
leaving the reserve. Equipment and guidance will be placed by all
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.
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