Designated areas
Designated areas

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Designated areas
  • Brexit impact
  • The Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/579
  • Site designation
  • Nationally designated sites
  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest
  • National Parks
  • National Nature Reserves
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Local Nature Reserves
  • More...

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

The Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/579

The Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/579 are in force from implementation period completion day. These regulations make changes to the three existing instruments which transpose Directive 92/43/EEC, (the Habitats Directive) and Directive 79/409/EEC, (the Birds Directive) so that they continue to work upon the UK’s exit from the EU. The existing instruments are:

  1. the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017, SI 2017/1012

  2. the Conservation of Offshore Marine Habitats and Species Regulations 2017, SI 2017/1013 and:

  3. the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001, SI 2001/1754.

The Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 also amend the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, s.27 to ensure existing protections continue.

References throughout the regulations are amended to a UK only context. Sites designated under the Habitats Directive and the Birds Directive previously contributed to the

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