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Wildlife legislation

How can wildlife legislation protect ancient trees?

Even if the tree itself and the site, is not protected, it may still have legal protection, if it provides a home to another species, which does have legal protection:

For example, all bats species in the UK have protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) and the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000)

These laws provide protection for all bats and their roosts, some birds, fungi, lichens and invertebrates.

If you are concerned about a tree, which is home to any of the above, please contact the Species Protection Officer at your nearest office of Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) or the Environment and Heritage Service for Northern Ireland.

Important hedgerows are also protected under the Hedgerow Regulations (1997). Removal of important hedges requires permission – contact your local authority if you are concerned.