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Rewilding in England & Wales: Legal Guidance Notes

Our rewilding legal guidance notes for England & Wales cover the following broad topics:

  • Developing and managing rewilding projects;

  • Legal responsibilities and liabilities:

  • Animal reintroductions;

  • Legal mechanisms to protect land; and

  • Tax.

Within these topics, there are often several notes. The content of each note is summarised below and you can either view them online or download them.

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Developing and Managing Rewilding Projects

Planning Permission and Environmental Impact Assessments

Planning Permission and Environmental Impact Assessments

This note covers rewilding and:

  • Planning permission and when it is required
  • Special considerations applicable to non-developed land
  • Material changes of use
  • Environmental Impact Assessments (including for forestry)
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Planning Permission and Environmental Impact Assessments

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Protected Areas

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Protected Areas

This note covers rewilding and:

  • Key designated areas for the protection of nature and limitations on managing these areas
  • Proposed legislative reform to designated areas of protection
Invasive and Protected Plant Species

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Invasive and Protected Plant Species

This note covers rewilding and:

  • Obligations to control the spread onto agricultural land of native plants that can be toxic to livestock or interfere with the growing of crops (including ragwort)
  • Offences relating to growing certain non-native of species in the wild
  • Protected species of plant and the implications for rewilders
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Invasive and Protected Plant Species

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Animal Reintroductions

Reintroduction of Animals

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Reintroduction of Animals

This note covers rewilding and:

  • Licences and statutory requirements relating to the reintroduction of animals
  • Animal welfare obligations before and after reintroduction
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Reintroduction of Animals

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Protecting Wild Land

Conservation Covenants and Legal Protection of Wild Land

Nick Fewings

Conservation Covenants and Legal Protection of Wild Land

This note covers rewilding and:

  • Conservation covenants: their use for rewilding and how they work
  • Private law protection of rewilding land
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Conservation Covenants and Legal Protection of Wild Land

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Tax

Tax

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Tax

This note covers rewilding and:

  • Its impact on various tax regimes

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