There have been no major changes this month so we just wanted to pick up on a piece of legislation that came into force on 6th April 2016. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 amends the position where the killing, taking, possession or control of wild birds or their eggs will be lawful. A person will not be guilty of unlawfully being in possession of a wild bird egg if they can prove it was taken before 1981. Under the previous 2004 regulations, it was an offence to be in possession of a wild bird egg unless they could prove it was taken before 1954. However, the 2004 amendment was not subject to a consolation and in 2011, DEFRA accepted the Regulations were made unlawfully.

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