It is an offence to deliberately pick, collect, cut, uproot or destroy a wild plant of a European protected species1. However, a person is not guilty of such an offence if he shows that the act was for the purpose of taking a sample by virtue of the sampling provisions2 or for the purpose of taking a sample to be used in evidence in any criminal proceedings in respect of a specified offence3.
It is also an offence for any person:
(1) to have in his possession or control certain wild plants4;
(2) to transport any such wild plant5;
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