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Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004

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  1. Introduction

  2. The Act

  3. Related Initiatives and Supporting Information

    1. Part 1 Biodiversity

    2. Part 2 The SSSI system

    3. Part 3 Protection of Wildlife

    4. Part 4 Scottish Fossil Code

    5. Part 5 - General

  4. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part 1 - Biodiversity

      1. Section 1 Duty to further the conservation of biodiversity

      2. Section 2 Scottish Biodiversity Strategy

    2. Part 2 – Conservation and Enhancement of Natural Features

      1. Chapter 1 – Sites of Special Scientific Interest

        1. Notification of sites of special scientific interest

          1. Section 3 Duty to give notification of sites of special interest

          2. Section 4 Site management statements

          3. Section 5 Enlargement of sites of special scientific interest

          4. Section 6 Review of operations requiring consent

          5. Section 7 Addition or modification of operations requiring consent: urgent situations

          6. Section 8 Variation of SSSI notifications

          7. Section 9 Denotification of sites of special scientific interest

          8. Section 10 Notifications relating to sites of special scientific interest: procedure

          9. Notifications relating to sites of special scientific interest: procedure

            Schedule 1

            1. Application of Schedule

            2. Publication

            3. Content of notification

            4. Confirmation or withdrawal of notification

            5. Modification of notification

            6. Referral to Advisory Committee

            7. Notice of decision to confirm or withdraw

            8. Extension of period during which notification is to be confirmed or withdrawn

          10. Section 11 Effect of SSSI notification

        2. Exercise of functions in relation to sites of special scientific interest

          1. Section 12 Exercise of functions by public bodies etc.

        3. Operations affecting sites of special scientific interest

          1. Section 13 Operations by public bodies etc.

          2. Section 14 Operations by public bodies etc.: authorised operations

          3. Section 15 Consent by certain regulatory authorities

          4. Section 16 Operations by owners or occupiers of sites of special scientific interest

          5. Section 17 Operations by owners or occupiers of sites of special scientific interest: authorised operations

          6. Section 18 Appeals in connection with operations requiring consent

        4. Offences and Byelaws

          1. Section 19 Offences in relation to sites of special scientific interest

          2. Section 20 Byelaws

        5. Supplementary

          1. Section 21 Advisory Committee on Sites of Special Scientific Interest

          2. Section 22 - SSSI Register

      2. Chapter 2 -Nature Conservation Orders

        1. Section 23 Nature conservation orders

        2. Section 24 Amendment or revocation of nature conservation orders

        3. Section 25 Nature conservation orders and related orders: procedure

        4. Nature conservation orders and related orders: procedure

          Schedule 2

          1. Application of schedule

          2. Consultation

          3. Notification

          4. Confirmation of orders

          5. Inquiry or other opportunity to be heard

          6. Extension of period

          7. Recording or registration of orders

        5. Section 26 Review of nature conservation orders

        6. Section 27 Offences in relation to nature conservation orders

        7. Section 28 Reports

      3. Chapter 3 - Land Management Orders

        1. Section 29 Proposals for land management orders

        2. Section 30 - Power to make land management orders

        3. Section 31 - Content of land management orders

        4. Section 32 - Review of land management orders

        5. Section 33 - Land management orders and related orders: procedure

        6. Land Management Orders and Related Orders: Procedure

          Schedule 3

          1. Notification of proposals for land management order

          2. Power to require disclosure of information

          3. Withdrawal of proposal

          4. Notification of decision on orders

          5. Recording or registration of orders

        7. Section 34 - Appeals in connection with land management orders and related orders

        8. Section 35 - Effect of land management orders

        9. Section 36 - Offences in relation to land management orders

        10. Section 37 - Enforcement of land management orders

      4. Chapter 4 - General and Supplementary

        1. Section 38 Ramsar Sites

        2. Section 39 Acquisition of land by SNH

        3. Section 40 Restoration orders

        4. Section 41 Signs etc.

        5. Section 42 Change of owner or occupier.

        6. Section 43 Powers of investigation etc.: police

        7. Section 44 Powers of entry: authorised persons

        8. Powers of Entry of Authorised Persons: Further Provision

          Schedule 4

          1. Notice of entry to occupied land

          2. Warrant for entry

          3. Evidence of authority

          4. Supplementary powers

          5. Duty to secure land

          6. Compensation

        9. Section 45 SNH: power to enforce

        10. Section 46 Offences, penalties and time limits

        11. Section 47 Offences by bodies corporate etc.

        12. Section 48 Notices, applications etc.

        13. Section 49 Transitional arrangements

        14. Part 2:  Transitional Arrangements

          Schedule 5

          1. Interpretation

          2. Notifications under the 1981 Act

          3. Notifications under the 1949 Act

          4. Orders under section 29 of the 1981 Act

          5. Registers of notifications

    3. Part 3 - Protection of Wildlife

      1. Section 50 Protection of wildlife

      2. Protection of Wildlife

        Schedule 6

        1. Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (c.69)

        2. Protection of birds: offences

        3. Protection of animals: offences

        4. Protection of Plants: Offences

        5. Non-native species

        6. Miscellaneous

        7. Protection of Badgers Act 1992 (c.51)

      3. Section 51 Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code

    4. Part 4 – Scottish Fossil Code

      1. Section 52 Scottish Fossil Code

    5. Part 5 – General

      1. Section 53 Orders and regulations: general

      2. Section 54 Guidance

      3. Section 55:  Crown application

      4. Section 56:  Ancillary provision

      5. Section 57:  Minor and consequential amendments and repeals

      6. Schedule 7 - Minor and consequential amendments and repeals

      7. Section 58 Interpretation

      8. Section 59:  Short title and commencement

  5. PART I OF THE WILDLIFE AND COUNTRYSIDE ACT 1981 (c.69)

    (SCOTTISH VERSION)

  6. New Schedules

  7. Parliamentary History

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