Many plants and animals have special protection under law, often because of their vulnerable conservation status. Find out about the different types of legal protection and about the implications of protected species for planning applications.
Teignbridge District is a stronghold for some of the rarest animals and plants in the country. For example one third of Britain's cirl buntings live here. There is legal protection for many rare species and also for some more common ones. For example, the law protects all nesting birds, and it is illegal to kill or injure snakes, slow worms and lizards. All species of bat are protected too.
Species Protected Under European Law
A number of species are very strongly protected by both British and European law. In Teignbridge these include: dormouse, otter, great crested newt and all species of bats.
Protection for Birds
All species of bird have some level of legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. This includes some protection for 'pest species'.
Protection for Other Animals
There are various degrees of legal protection for a variety of animals, including reptiles, amphibians, badgers and invertebrates.
Protection for Plants
All species of wild plant receive a basic level of protection and some rare species have additional legal protection.