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Fourth Quinquennial Review of Schedule 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 - December 2002 UPDATED

Every five years, the statutory nature conservation agencies (Natural England (formally English Nature), Countryside Council for Wales and Scottish Natural Heritage), working jointly through the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), are required to review Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and to make recommendations to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for changes to these schedules. Schedule 5 lists animals (other than birds) which are specially protected, and Schedule 8 lists plants which are specially protected. More>>


House of Lords Select Committee of Science and Technology, Sub-committee 1 - January 2002

Inquiry into Systematic Biology and Biodiversity
Submission by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, on behalf of English Nature, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Countryside Council for Wales, by Dr Ian F.G. McLean, Head of Species Advice, JNCC, Monkstone House, City Road, Peterborough PE1 1JY. More>>


JNCC advice to DETR on species legislation - December 1999 -

The following paper is the advice given to the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) in December 1999 (before the publication of the Wildlife Bill), on behalf of the statutory conservation agencies, concerning the effectiveness of species protection legislation in Britain. This paper contains background briefing, advice on species protection issues and includes six main recommendations. More>>


A Review of the Operation of Species Legislation in Great Britain (1999) -

There is broad agreement among government and non-government organisations that it is timely to review the operation of species protection legislation in Great Britain, as a parallel exercise to the consultation on the protection and management of Sites of Special Scientific Interest. More>>


Birds of Conservation Importance

In May 1996 the JNCC published a list of bird species that due to their international status or their declining national populations are of conservation importance in Britain. This list is Birds of Conservation Importance and it outlines current priorities for ornithological conservation effort by the statutory nature conservation agencies. More>>


Invertebrate specialists from across Europe met in Cardiff to discuss conservation action for marine, freshwater and terrestrial invertebrates.  The one day colloquium on the topic of Red Data Listing at different spatial scales explored interesting examples of different approaches across a variety of taxa and scales.