Nationally Protected Species

 

Nationally Protected Species includes all of the European Protected Species listed above and also a large number of species which are specially protected under The Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981).  These are listed in Schedules 1, 5, 7 and 8 of the Act or in other legislation such as the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. 

 

Provisions for the grant of licences are set out in Sections 16-27 of the Act.

In Northern Ireland, the legal provisions for nationally protected species are set out in The Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order (1985) (as amended).  See Articles 10-13 and 16-29, and protected species are listed in Schedules 1, 5, 7 and 8.

 

For nationally protected species, it is a criminal offence to:

  • to deliberately take, capture, kill, or injure such species of animals or
  • to take their eggs or disturb their breeding or resting places and
  • to pick, remove, uproot or destroy any wild plant included in the Acts.
 
NOTE: In England and Wales, enforcement provisions were extended and some amendments for protection made by The Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000).  See Section 81 and Schedule 12.   In Scotland, enforcement provisions were extended and some amendments for protection made by Section 50 and Schedule 6 of The Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act (2004).
 

For more detailed information go to >> ttp://www.jncc.gov.uk/page-1747

Find the lists of protected species in England, Wales and Scotland >> 

The Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 is currently under review, including the schedules of protected species. To see the Northern Ireland review >>

http://www.doeni.gov.uk/review_o_the_wildlife_order_policy_consultation_20_february_2008-2.pdf