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Protected Species

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.

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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.