September 2006 – vol. 99, issue 9, pp 498–501 England's new conservation agency has been hit by hefty Government spending cuts even before it starts work on 1st October. The cutbacks are so severe that the Chairman of Natural England, Sir Martin Doughty, has reportedly complained to the Environment Secretary, David Miliband. In a private letter to Mr Miliband, quoted in The Independent, Sir Martin says: `The scale of these cuts risks the wheel... This article is only available to subscribed users.To read more, please log in or purchase a subscription.