Who looks after UK Conservation?
National (UK) conservation involves statutory (government controlled) agencies and voluntary organisations (NGO’s- non governmental organisations). Click on these to find out more.
For a complete list of conservation organisations –
visit the Friends of the earth website
What is the role of the UK Government?
Wildlife is protected by legislation, and in particular, the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981. This act was the most important and it is constantly been updated. Its main aims are summarised by Naturnet.
Since this act, there have been a large number of other acts mostly targeted at specific issues. These are listed on the UK Legislation page of Naturnet
What conservation areas are there in the UK?
There are a wide range of conservation areas designed to protect and conserve wildlife and the most important are listed below:
What type of methods are used in conservation?
Conservation methods might include:
- Setting up ‘action plans’ for individual species – these are known as BAPs (Biodiversity Action Plans)
- Establishing National Parks, nature reserves, and similar protected areas.
- Restricting urban and industrial development.
- Reclaiming derelict sites.
- Legally protecting species and habitats.
- Preventing the release of non-native species.
- Controlling pollution.
- Recycling and reusing.
- Only buying environmentally friendly products.
- Limit the exploitation of non-renewable resources.
- Restrict the trade in endangered species.
- Breeding programmes in Zoos
- Rare breeds centres.
- Sperm and seed banks.