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Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 (2011 Chapter 6).

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This Act amends existing legislation in relation the protection of wildlife, biodiversity and nature conservation. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 is amended in relation with, among other things: protection of game species (including close seasons and poaching offences); abolishment of areas of special protection for wild birds; the use of snares to catch animals; extension of the regime for controlling non-native and invasive species; delegation of licensing functions under the Act; new wildlife offences, including for vicarious criminal liability for certain offences; and the powers of wildlife inspectors.
The Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 is amended in provisions relating to the right of landowners to shoot deer on their land.
The Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 is amended in Part 5 in relation with reporting by the public bodies subject to the biodiversity duty under section 1 of the 2004 Act on compliance with that duty and in Part 6 in relation with combination, denotification and restoration of sites of special scientific interest.
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This Act also amends the Hill Farming Act 1946, the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 and the Agriculture (Scotland) Act 1948.
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