Resolution CM/ResDip(2009)9
on the renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas
awarded to the Minsmere Nature Reserve (United Kingdom)

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 21 October 2009
at the 1068th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.a of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

Having regard to Resolution Res (65) 6 instituting the European Diploma for certain protected landscapes, reserves and natural features, as amended by Resolution CM/ResDip(2008)1 on the revised regulations for the European Diploma of Protected Areas;

Having regard to Resolution Res (79) 13 on the award of the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the Minsmere Nature Reserve (United Kingdom);

Taking into consideration the regular reports transmitted to the Secretariat by the officials in charge of the site;

Having regard to the proposals of the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention,

Renews the European Diploma of Protected Areas to the Minsmere Nature Reserve until 13 September 2019;

Attaches the following recommendations to the renewal:

1. the control of the invasion of bracken using mechanical means should be continued; if necessary very selective spraying of chemical products should be carried out and careful records of this kept;

2. a contingency plan to deal with the issue of sea level rise and increased freshwater flooding of the grazing marshes should be drawn up; in the short term, the feasibility of preventing/limiting the risk of saltwater entering the reedbed and lagoon systems by building up existing internal banks should be studied; in the longer term, a strategy for sustainable management of the coast in conjunction with all key stakeholders should be developed; discussions with the Environment Agency to reduce the risk of freshwater flooding through modification of the Minsmere sluice should be continued;

3. the reserve management plans (2008-2013 and 2013-2018) should be implemented;

4. the purchase of land should be continued;

5. vigilance with regard to alien species of flora, especially controlling and managing pirri-pirri bur (Acaena anserinifolia), should be maintained, and the control of the American mink (Mustela vison) should be continued;

6. the role of the reserve as a demonstration site for a wide range of audiences, especially formal school parties, and for informal education/awareness-raising activities for children and families should be developed;

7. a rotational fallowing regime on the freshwater sections of the coastal lagoons to increase invertebrate biomass for breeding and passage waders should be implemented.


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