Legislation summary

The legal protection of nature has its roots in the 19th century, based around the protection of wild birds.  Legislation for species and subsequently habitats and special sites has been intermittent, but we now have a raft of different laws, both national and international, protecting our important species and habitats that need to be considered when undertaking activities that could affect wildlife.

To find out more about European and UK biodiversity legislation, download 'In Depth – Biodiversity Legislation' at the bottom of the page.

In Depth - Biodiversity Legislation

In Depth - Biodiversity Legislation

Further information on biodiversity legislation.



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