Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
These Regulations amend the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994, which make provision for the transposition of Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora.
Regulation 2 amends schedule 2 of the 1994 Regulations to add the Eurasian Beaver (otherwise known as the European Beaver) to the list of European Protected Species of Animals that are given protection under the 1994 Regulations.
This page provides links to the full text of key pieces of conservation environmental legislation that may affect your business in Scotland. The websites hosting the legislation may list amendments separately.
Conservation legislation for Scotland sets out measures to conserve and protect wildlife and habitats and sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). It also creates criminal offences for deliberately capturing, killing, disturbing or trading protected animals and picking, collecting, cutting, uprooting, destroying or trading protected plants.
Although previous Acts of Parliament include provisions for nature conservation, the main piece of legislation relating to nature conservation in Great Britain is the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This Act is supplemented by the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 in Scotland.
Nature conservation is not regulated by the environmental regulators, and the list of legislation that follows is not exhaustive. For a complete list of nature conservation legislation, please contact the UK government conservation bodies.
If you are setting up an environmental management system (EMS) for your business, you can use this list to start compiling your legal register. Your legal adviser or environmental consultant will be able to tell you if other environmental legislation applies to your specific business.
Requires a permit to be obtained for the introduction of alien species in aquaculture. Also deals with the movement of species listed in Annex IV of the Council Regulation (EC) No 708/2007, and the translocation of locally absent species within Scotland, or between the rest of the UK and Scotland.
Makes provisions to conserve natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora.
Amends 1994/2716 to bring the provisions for protection of European 'Natura 2000' sites into line with the protection regime set out in the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004. Gives further protection to European protected species.
Amends 1994/2716 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora.
Amends 1994/2716 to add further measures for conserving European protected species and extend circumstances when it is an offence to disturb, sell or exchange such species or products derived from them.
Amends 1994/2716 to add the Eurasian or European beaver (Castor fiber), giving them protected status.
Bans killing, injuring or taking common seals in the Orkney and Shetland Islands, surrounding territorial waters and the territorial sea around the east coast of Scotland from Garron Point in the north to Torness Point in the south.
Consolidates deer legislation in Scotland.
Establishes the Environment Agency and SEPA as the regulatory bodies for contaminated land, control of pollution, conservation or enhancement of the environment and fisheries.
Brings into force rules to force polluters to prevent and repair damage to water systems, land quality, species and their habitats and protected sites. The polluter does not have to be prosecuted first, so remedying the damage should be faster.
Establishes a right to be on land for recreational, educational and some other purposes and cross land (right to roam) if rights are exercised responsibly. Also details how rural and crofting organisations can buy land they are connected with.
Establishes National Parks in Scotland, including setting up National Park Authorities, their powers, finances and "management agreements" between National Park Authority landowners or occupiers.
Establishes Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) as the main body responsible for securing and promoting the conservation of Scotland's natural scenery, flora and fauna.
Establishes Natural England as the main body responsible for conserving, enhancing and managing England's natural environment. It also covers biodiversity, pesticides harmful to wildlife and the protection of birds.
Deals with the conserving biodiversity and protecting and enhancing Scotland's natural features. Also amends rules on protecting certain birds, animals and plants.
Lists types of operation that can be carried out without the consent of SNH under sections 13 or 16 of the 2004 Act. This includes licenced muirburn and operations to control or eradicate invasive species in accordance with a species control order Made under the section 14d of the Wildlife and countryside Act 1981.
Makes it an offence to wilfully kill, injure, take, or attempt to kill or take a badger. Also sets out the exceptions, licences, enforcement and penalties for this offence.
Makes it illegal to hunt a wild mammal with a dog - eg fox and deer hunting - or for a landowner or occupier to knowingly allow another person to hunt a wild mammal with a dog, or to allow another person to use the dog to hunt a wild mammal.
Sets out which fishing methods are allowed and dates of salmon and trout fishing seasons. Details offences relating to and the administration of salmon and freshwater fisheries.
Bans certain methods of killing or taking wild animals, including birds, and restricts the introduction and sale of certain non-native animals and plants. Also sets out the amended laws relating to public rights of way.
Makes minor amendments to 1981/69.
Amends several acts to introduce tougher powers against wildlife crimes. Imposes stricter regulations on animal snares, including the training of operators. Landowners may be made accountable if their employees kill or take a wild bird.
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