United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Winfrith (SW England), Oxford, Banchory (Scotland) Monk's Wood (E England)
Professional Services
Scientific, Architectural And Engineering Technical Activities
Architectural And Engineering Activities; Technical Testing And Analysis
71.2 - Technical testing and analysis

200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
16 February 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Four Centre for Ecology and Hydrology laboratories have been earmarked for closure by parent group the Natural Environment Research Council (Nerc). A third of the centre's 600 staff could lose their jobs at sites at Winfrith in Dorset, Oxford, Banchory in Scotland and Monk's Wood in Cambridgeshire. The job cuts at the centre - which offers independent advice on a range of environmental issues, including climate change - would affect researchers and technical and administrative staff. Four remaining sites - in Bangor, Edinburgh, Lancaster and Wallingford - will become the focus of the centre's work following the closures. Nerc insists the restructuring would enable it 'to continue to deliver high quality research and environmental advice'.


  • 16 February 2006: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), Natural Environment Research Council (Nerc)., Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 62973, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/62973.