chapter  2
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Constructing Conservation

Recognition of the value and importance of natural places like the north Norfolk coast dates back a long way.' Blakeney Point was given to the National Trust early in its life, in 1912, and Scolt Head followed it into Trust hands through a further gift in 1923. Botanical research by F.W. Oliver and A.G. Tansley had drawn attention to Blakeney Point, and both Blakeney Point and Scolt Head were on the first lists of proposed nature reserves in Britain, drawn up by the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves in 191 5, in an attempt to ward off destruction during the First World The National Trust was also offered Cley Marshes, but they declined to accept them. The Norfolk Naturalists' Trust was established in 1926 specifically in order to acquire Cley Marshes as a nature reserve. These places continued to be among those proposed as nature reserves by a series of non-governmental organisations through the 1940s.~ Blakeney Point and Scolt Head were listed among the 73 National Nature Reserves proposed by the government's Wild

Life Conservation Special Committee for England and Wales, set up by the Minister of Town and Country Planning. By that time, however, concern for small reserves was being set into the context of a much wider debate about conservation and countryside planning.5