Land dereliction is interpreted fairly widely by the general public, ranging from an area of land or an object with an appearance of decay to an area of land unable to support the natural vegetation and wildlife species of the locality. There is, however, an element of duty or responsibility inherent in dereliction and its avoidance; current thinking about the environment places a duty on developers of land to take measures to avoid future dereliction, such as at the manufacturing stage, or through staged remedial works immediately after dereliction occurs, and will accept nothing less than restoration to a state of fertility.