The EU provided safety to every thing from the harbour porpoise to hen harriers. Now, the way forward for UK conservation legislation is unsure
- Learn extra: Britain’s wildlife wants pressing new protections forward of Brexit
As an EU member state, British wildlife has been protected below two necessary items of European laws: the habitats directive and the birds directive. These have required the UK authorities to determine and handle websites for the safety of weak and uncommon animals, birds, crops, habitats and different species. Within the UK, there are 271 particular safety areas for birds (SPAs) and 658 particular areas of conservation for different species and habitats (SACs). The way forward for nature conservation legislation after Brexit, when EU directives will not apply to Britain, is unknown.