The purpose of this document is to raise the awareness of Scottish public bodies to The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2012 and to provide high-level guidance on how the Regulations should be interpreted and implemented. This legislation came into force on 16 August 2012. It was introduced in order to transpose those elements of the Birds Directive that relate to the preservation, maintenance or re-establishment of a sufficient diversity and area of habitats for all wild birds that naturally occur in Scotland (Article 3), and for the avoidance of pollution or deterioration of these habitats (Article 4.4).
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