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

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
Introduction into the wild of species that are not native to Great Britain or are otherwise banned
The import or export of endangered species.


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
Areas of Special Scientific Interest
Limestone Pavements
National Nature Reserves
Marine Nature Reserves


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
(The duties of government bodies to identify and maintain records about Public Rights of Way)
  • Miscellaneous & Supplemental
Some responsibilities of owners of land crossed by a Public Right of Way
Regulation of traffic on Public Rights of Way


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 Part I of the Act
  • 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  • Schedule 17 lists previous legislation that was repealed in favour of this Act.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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