UK forced to strengthen habitats rules

UK public bodies have new duties to create and protect bird habitats. The English habitats regulations must be reviewed every five years.

Urgent amendments to the habitats regulations have been made after the European Commission said the UK was not implementing the EU Wild Birds Directive correctly.

The amendments impose new duties on ministers, councils and other public bodies relating to the creation and protection of bird habitat outside European protected areas.

These duties will meet the directive’s article 2 requirement that measures are taken to maintain wild bird populations.

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