Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC—snapshot
Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC—snapshot

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

  • Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/579
  • Status of EU directives following Brexit
  • Purpose of the Habitats Directive
  • Conservation of natural habitats and habitats of species
  • Natura 2000
  • List of native habitat sites and species
  • Special areas of conservation
  • Appropriate assessment
  • More...

TitleCouncil Directive 92/43/EEC on the Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora of 21 May 1992 (Habitats Directive)
Entry into Force10 June 1994
Deadline for Transposition10 June 1994
Amending DocumentsThe Habitats Directive was amended in 1997 by a technical adaptation directive. The annexes were further amended by the Environment Chapter of the Treaty of Accession 2003 and in 2007 when Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU
England and Wales ImplementationPart I of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (WCA 1981); The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (Habitats Regulations), SI 2017/1012 (which apply in England and Wales and seas up to 12 nautical miles from the coast), and the Conservation of Offshore Marine Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (Offshore Regulations), SI 2017/1013, which apply in UK waters more than 12 nautical miles from the coast and/or the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001, SI 2001/1754
Subjectwildlife, biodiversity

Brexit impact

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