Introduction to Nature Conservation Legislation in the UK (Wales)



This is a dynamic period for UK conservation law and policy with a number of key developments currently underway which have significant implications for our day-to-day work. In order to understand the changing landscape, this course provides an introductory level review of nature conservation legislation, looking at how the current framework translates to practical actions, and considering how effective it is in achieving its aims. Whilst taking a UK perspective, this particular course focusses specifically on Wales.

Participants on the course will develop a strong practical understanding of the system of nature conservation governance in Wales, and how the new laws and policies impact our work on the ground.

The course will provide six hours of learning, designed around one in person session that will endeavour to draw on the knowledge held within each cohort through ‘real-world’ decision-making based on the use of specific case studies. Supporting materials will be provided beforehand, and resources to take away afterwards. These include a glossary created specifically for attendees. The session will be participatory and participants will work through a live case study which will help bring the ‘dry’ legal and policy context to life. The case study will provide opportunities to explore how a wide range of conservation laws and policies work in practice including: terrestrial and marine SSSIs; protected species legislation; national park protection; new buffers for protected areas; and sites of local importance for nature conservation.

There will be plenty of opportunities for debate and for participants to share experiences and ask questions related to their work.

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at early career ecologists and environmental managers working in local government; private consultancy; national regulators; NGOs; and large utility companies.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is necessary.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of the international context for UK nature conservation legislation and our roles and responsibilities post-Brexit.
  • Understanding national legislation for the protection of wildlife including individual species and habitats.
  • Understanding the legal context for designated sites, including the hierarchy of protections.
  • Understanding of how offences commonly occur, the implications of offences and enforcement responsibilities.
  • Understanding of how offences are commonly avoided by derogations (e.g. protected species licensing).


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £170.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £220.00