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Legal framework

There are several pieces of legislation giving protection to species found in Scotland.  The main instruments are outlined in the following pages.  In many cases it is an offence to kill or capture animals including birds, or to uproot plants.  The law also protects some wild creatures from disturbance or harassment, or disturbance of their nests or resting places.  It also means that it is against the law to pick some plants.  These web pages provide a summary of wildlife law in Scotland.  If you need further information, you should refer to the legislation.  You might also get additional advice from your local Police force's Wildlife Crime Officers external site , your local Scottish Natural Heritage Area Office, or the Scottish Government external site

Red-throated diver on lochan. İBob Furness/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981

Find out about this domestic legislation and how it protects some of Scotland's species.

Main drain through the Killiehuntly section of the marshes. İPete Moore/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Habitats Directive and Regulations

The Habitats Directive is implemented in Scotland by the Habitats Regulations 1994.

Grey Seal pup resting on the beach. İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Protection of Seals under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010

If you would like to know how seals are protected in Scotland.

Badger (Meles meles) emerging from hedge.
İLaurie Campbell/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Protection of Badgers Act 1992

Badgers are protected under specific law.

Red Deer stag on Rum NNR. İLaurie Campbell/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Deer (Scotland) Act 1996

Find out how deer are protected in Scotland.

Robin Rigg Offshore Windfarm Site Visit Vew of the 2 sub station platform. İSNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Offshore Marine Regulations

Certain species are protected in the offshore marine environment under separate legislation.



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