Wildlife licences
Wildlife licences

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

  • Wildlife licences
  • Brexit
  • The Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
  • What is a wildlife licence?
  • When is a wildlife licence required?
  • Grant of licences
  • Principles
  • Mitigation
  • Regulatory bodies
  • England
  • More...

Wildlife licences

Brexit

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 Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

The Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/579 are in force from implementation period (IP) completion day. These regulations make changes to the three existing instruments which transpose the Habitats Directive, Directive 92/43/EEC, and the Birds Directive, Directive 2009/147/EC so that they continue to work following 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

References throughout the regulations are amended to a UK only context. Sites designated under the Habitats and Birds Directives previously contributed to the EU’s Natura 2000 network. A national site network is created

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