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Wildlife and Countryside

This section takes a look at how plants, animals and habitats are legally protected. It explains why it is important to protect nature and wildlife and offers specific examples of protected species and habitats in England, Scotland and Wales.

It discusses the threats to nature and wildlife, including climate change. Click here to view further information about climate change on this site.

It explains your right to public access, which allows you to explore and enjoy the countryside, but also outlines the responsibilities you have to the plants and animals that live there and to neighbouring landowners and their properties.

The section also provides useful information about offences against wild life and their habitats and outlines the procedures and penalties that apply. It offers useful information on nature and wildlife regulators and agencies and provides a list of relevant laws, policies and useful links on nature and wildlife protection.

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