Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

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The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 is an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom which aims to protect the wildlife and countryside of the United Kingdom. The Act is split into 4 parts covering 74 sections, it also includes 17 schedules.

Contents

Part I: Wildlife

Part I includes sections 1 to 27 of the Act. The legislation contained in these sections covers:

  • Protection of wild birds, their eggs and nests
  • Protection of other animals
  • Protection of plants
  • Miscellaneous

Part II: Nature Conservation, Countryside & National Parks

Part II includes sections 28 to 52 of the Act. The legislation contained in these sections covers:

  • Nature conservation

Part III: Public Rights of Way

Part III includes sections 53 to 66 of the Act. The legislation contained in these sections covers:

  • Ascertainment of public rights of way
  • Miscellaneous & Supplemental

Part IV: Miscellaneous & General

Part IV includes sections 67 to 74 of the Act. The legislation contained in these sections covers:

  • Application of the Act to Crown land
  • Application of the Act to the Isles of Scilly
  • Offences by 'bodies corporate'
  • Financial provisions

Schedules

The Act contains 17 schedules. Schedules 1 to 10 relate to powers under the "Wildlife" part of the Act. Schedule 1 Lists over forty species of birds that are protected by special penalties. Schedule 2 lists Huntable birds and their close seasons.[1]

Schedules 11 to 13 relate to powers under Part II of the Act

Schedules 14 to 16 relate to powers under Part III of the Act

Schedule 17 lists previous legislation that was repealed in favour of this Act.

Variations

Provided below is a list - probably incomplete - of documents modifying the W&C Act 1981.

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