Review of Wildlife Law – final report published

Review of Wildlife Law – final report published

The Law Commission has published its final report following a review of Wildlife Law in England and Wales. The Commission’s recommendations may lead to some of the most significant reform of species protection legislation since the creation of Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The review concluded that the existing legal regimes for protected species are inconsistent and unnecessarily complex.

One of the Commission’s key recommendations is that wildlife law should be contained in a new single statute, its proposed “Wildlife Bill”. Nicholas Paines QC, Law Commissioner for public law, said: “Our reforms sweep away the confused and contradictory patchwork of existing legislation to provide a balance between the needs of the people who manage wildlife and those who want to protect it”.

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