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Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2019

Synopsis

This regulation will amend the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.  The 2019 regulations implement the Invasive Alien Species Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014, which restricts the movement, keeping, breeding sale and release of listed invasive alien species. Permit, license and enforcement powers are introduced against activities involving invasive alien species.

 
 
 

Summary

The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 will amend the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 on 1 October 2019.

The amendments made will apply in Scotland only.

What has been updated?

The 2019 regulations implement the Invasive Alien Species Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014, which restricts the movement, keeping, breeding sale and release of listed invasive alien species.

Licensing

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 is amended to introduce a licensing regime for certain activities involving invasive alien species. These are research, keeping animals within facilities until the end of their natural life, to support eradication efforts or as part of any approved management measure for these species.

Enforcement

Enforcement powers are introduced against activities involving invasive alien species listed under the Invasive Alien Species Regulation that are not already controlled under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

These regulations therefore make it an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to keep, breed, transport into or out of the EU, place on the market, use, exchange, breed, grow or release into the environment any of the species stated above.

Statutory defences are also applied for owners of certain companion animals and commercial stock

Amendments to the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994

The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 are amended to correct an error. No additional duties are introduced.

Background

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 prohibits the introduction of listed invasive species or activities that may cause them to spread or grow.

 

 

 

 

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