Natural England - Legislation

Legislation

A large number of pieces of legislation affect wildlife management and licensing in England. This page provides an overview of the main legislation and where to obtain copies.

Please note that summaries of the legislation can oversimplify issues and lead to misinterpretation. Guidance in relation to specific issues can be obtained on our species pages. In all cases please refer to primary legislation and subsequent amendments and seek legal advice for definitive guidance.

The source for online copies of UK legislation is the National Archive's legislation.gov.ukexternal link.

Some of the key Acts and amendments are detailed below, those not available online can be obtained as paper versions from TSO online bookshopexternal link or at larger public libraries:

European legislation