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Nature Conservation

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL4690, tabled on 15 January 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce regular reviews of protected species designations; and if so, what timeframe they propose for such reviews.

Answered on

25 January 2018

In accordance with the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, a review of the domestic animal and plant species listed for protection is conducted every five years. Implementing changes as a result of the review is a matter for the UK Government and devolved administrations.

We believe a five-yearly review is proportionate as the status of species rarely alters at a greater rate. If necessary, interim amendments can be made in the event of a sudden change in the conservation status of an individual species.