515. Implementation of the European Directives.

The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 20171 implement aspects of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and transpose the Habitats Directive2. The Conservation of Offshore Marine Habitats and Species Regulations 20173 consolidate regulations which made provision for implementing the Habitats Directive as well as the Wild Birds Directive4.

The appropriate authority5, the nature conservation bodies6, and in relation to the marine area7, a competent authority8, must exercise their functions9 which are relevant to nature conservation, including marine conservation, so as to secure compliance with the requirements of the Habitats Directive or Wild Birds Directive10 and, relation to offshore

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