Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations

Applies to Scotland

Title: The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations

Category: Scotland Regulations

Date: 2001

Reference: SSI 2001/337 [Full text]

General Description:

These Regulations are being made to ensure compliance with Council Directive of 2nd April 1979 on the Conservation of Wild Birds  as amended by Commission Directive 91/244/EEC , Council Directive 94/24/EC  and Commission Directive 97/49/EC.

The Regulations remove the capercaillie (tetrao urogallus) from Part I of Schedule 2 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which contains the list of species which may be hunted in Scotland and place it in Part I of Schedule 1 to that Act which provides greater legal protection to the species by making offences involving the bird punishable by special penalties as described in Section 21 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

The Regulations also remove the reference to capercaillie in the definition of "close season", as set out in Section 2(4)(a) of the above Act, and remove the reference to capercaillie as a bird which may be sold from Schedule 3 of that Act.

Pertinence to Agriculture: Wildlife, Conservation, Public Rights of Way

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