Wildlife and nature conservation legislation

6. Wildlife and nature conservation legislation

This section lists environmental legislation relevant to wildlife and nature conservation on golf courses and provides information on how golf clubs can comply with this legislation.  For example, many rare and vulnerable plants and animals, i.e. species with a very low or rapidly declining population, are protected by law.   The Joint Nature Conservancy Council (JNCC) provides a searchable database of protected species, including details of their conservation status and the legislative origin of their protection, and this is an excellent source of up to date information. 

This list of legislation relevant to nature and wildlife conservation should be considered comprehensive but not exhaustive.  All legislation information is correct as of January 2011.  Legislation changes regularly and golf clubs should check the news section of the greener golf website for information on important changes.

6.1 The Hedgerow Regulations 1997 
6.2 Forestry Act 1967, 1979 and 1985
6.3 Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
6.4 The Weeds Act 1959
6.5 The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
6.7 The Protection of Badgers Act 1992
6.8 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949