Wildlife Law & Legislation

Below are links to sites that cover, state and give advice about legislation that affects anyone involved in Wildlife rescues and rehabilitation.

Natural England is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Their purpose is to protect and improve England’s natural environment and encourage people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings.
Wildlife management and licensing - http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/regulation/wildlife/default.aspx
Non-native and former native species - http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/regulation/wildlife/species/nonnativespecies.aspx#6
Advice - http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/regulation/wildlife/advice/default.aspx

The Non-native Species Secretariat (NNSS) has responsibility for helping to coordinate the approach to invasive non-native species in Great Britain.  They are responsible to a Programme Board which represents the relevant governments and agencies of England, Scotland and Wales.
Species Information Portal - https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/nonnativespecies/factsheet/index.cfm
Legislation and Guidance - https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/nonnativespecies/index.cfm?sectionid=12
Toolbox - a place to find useful things to help you investigate and work with invasive non-native species https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/nonnativespecies/index.cfm?sectionid=11

Directgov - http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Environmentandgreenerliving/Thewiderenvironment/Protectingwildlife/index.htm

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - a government department in the UK. They cover/make policy and legislation, and work with others to deliver our policies in - areas such as:
  • the natural environment, biodiversity, plants and animals
  • sustainable development and the green economy
  • food, farming and fisheries
  • animal health and welfare
  • environmental protection and pollution control
  • rural communities and issues.
Wildlife and Pets - http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/
Guidance on section 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside act 1981 - http://archive.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/wildlife/management/non-native/documents/section-14-guidance.pd​f

The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) is a multi-agency body comprising representatives of the organisations involved in wildlife law enforcement in the UK

Wildlife - http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/wildlife/-/article/WLD_Wildlife
Animal Welfare Act 2006 - Guidance for Wildlife Rehabilitators http://www.rspca.org.uk/ImageLocator/LocateAsset?asset=document&assetId=1232713929093&mode=prd
Establishment standards for wildlife rehabilitation - http://www.rspca.org.uk/ImageLocator/LocateAsset?asset=document&assetId=1232725417924&mode=prd
Wildlife laws - http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/wildlife/laws

British Wildlife and Rehabilitation Council (BWRC) - Their mission is to promote the welfare of wildlife casualties both whilst in captivity and after release back into the wild, and to ensure that casualties are handled within the framework and spirit of the law.
Legislation links and advice; good resource for all relevant legislation summarised for relevance - http://bwrc.org.uk/#/legislation/4548949540
Guidelines for Wildlife Rehabilitation Units - http://bwrc.org.uk/#/guidelines/4549073116