I seem to recall flagging up this issue on this blog before as the post election rhetoric about the size of departmental cuts at Westminster was first bandied about.
The coalition is starting to provide a few figures and ideas about behind the intitial headlines now - and it is scary stuff.
This is the headline front page story in today's Guardian - apparently there is serious consideration being given to flogging off NNRs
Here is a quote - "Among the plans being considered by the government, which once declared itself "the greenest ever", are selling off national nature reserves; privatising parts of the Forestry Commission; privatising the Met Office, one of the world's leading research organisations on climate change; and withdrawing grants to British Waterways, which manages 2,200 miles of canals and rivers."
And if it's in the papers - it must be true...