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
  • Natura 2000 sites designation
  • Designation under the Birds Directive
  • Designation under the Habitats Directive
  • Implementation in the UK
  • The Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/579
  • Defra policy paper: changes to the habitats regulations 2017
  • More...

Brexit impact

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below.

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 IP completion day. These regulations make changes to the three existing instruments which transpose Directive 92/43/EEC, (the Habitats Directive) and Directive 2009/147/EC, (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

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