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Wildlife and the law

There is various national and international legislation that afford protection to certain species and habitats in Wales, including the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2019.

Anyone who breaks these laws is potentially committing a wildlife crime. More information on environmental law in Wales can be found at:

The council has limited powers to enforce outside of the planning system, and therefore if you think you have witnessed wildlife crime then this should be reported to the police.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is the regulatory authority in Wales for a range of environmental legislation and are responsible for issuing certain licences. Examples of this are in relation to Sites of Special Scientific Interest, European protected species licences, marine licences and felling licences. NRW undertake compliance assessment and, where necessary, can take formal enforcement action:

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Last modified on 24 March 2023