Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

 
The Act received royal assent on 30 October 1981 and was brought into force in incremental steps. Amendments to the Act have occurred, some of the most recent being the Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act 2000 (in England and Wales), the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 (in Scotland) and the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 (in England and Wales).
 

There is also a statutory five-yearly review of Schedules 5 and 8 (protected wild animals and plant respectively), undertaken by the country agencies and co-ordinated by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Containing four Parts and 17 Schedules, the Act covers protection of wildlife (birds, and some animals and plants), the countryside, National Parks, and the designation of protected areas, and public rights of way.

 

For the full legislative details of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 visit http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1981/69

 

Schedules

 

1 – Birds which are protected by special penalties
  Part 1- At all times
  Part 2 – During the close season
 
2 – Birds which may be killed or taken
 
  Part 1 - Outside the close season
  Part 2 – By authorised persons at all times
 
3 – Birds which may be sold
 
  Part 1 – alive at all times if ringed and bred in captivity
  Part 2 – dead at all times
  Part 3 Dead from 1st Sept to 28 Feb
 
4 – Birds which must be registered and ringed if kept in captivity
 
5 – Animals which are protected - Animals on schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act are listed on a spreadsheet of conservation designations for UK taxa.
 
6 – Animals which may not be killed or taken by certain methods
 
7 – Protection of certain mammals 
 
8 – Plants which are protected - Plants on schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act are listed on a spreadsheet of conservation designations for UK taxa.
 
9 – Animals and plants to which section 14 applies 
 
  Part 1 – Animals which are established in the wild
  Part 2 – Plants
 
10 – Amendments of the endangered species (import and export) act 1976
 
10a - Delegation of appellate functions
 
11 – Procedure in connection with certain orders under part 2
 
12 – Procedure in connection with orders under section 36
 
13 – Amendments (Textual)
 
14 – Application for certain orders under part III


15 – Procedure in connection with certain orders under part III
 
16 – Orders creating, extinguishing or diverting footpaths or bridleways
 
17 – Enactments repealed
  Part 1 – Enactments repealed one month after the passing of this act
  Part 2 - Enactments repealed on a day to be appointed

 

December 2011