Introduction to Protected Species Law and Policy


This course provides an essential core introduction to the law and policy in England and Wales relating to protected species as well as an introduction to national and European legal systems.


Sessions cover offences, defences and licensing under the criminal law and the duties of public bodies in relation to wildlife under administrative law.

Practical examples and case studies are used throughout the event.

The course is partly delivered using a pre-course learning pack.

We are also running this course in Wales, please click here for details. 

Who Should Attend?

Ecological Consultants, Wildlife Trusts, Statutory Agencies. This course is suitable for ecologists practising in England and Wales ONLY.

Knowledge Level


Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the main features of the English and Welsh criminal and civil legal systems and how these interact with European law. Describe the core elements of a criminal offence.
  • State the main provisions of the Habitats Regulations, Wildlife and Countryside Act and Badgers Act
  • Apply the legislation to a series of case studies on protected species
  • Define the legal terms ‘disturbance’, ‘intentional’, ‘deliberate’ and ‘reckless’ in relation to protected species legislation.
  • Outline the main elements of the European Protected Species licencing regime and how it interacts with local planning authority’s duties in relation to European Protected Species.
  • Describe the role of planning policy in the conservation of protected species


Refreshments will be provided throughout the day and lunch is also included in the course fee.


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