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The Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 (Authorised Operations) Order 2016

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1.  This Order may be cited as the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 (Authorised Operations) Order 2016 and comes into force on 3rd March 2016.

Authorised operations

2.—(1) The types of operation described in paragraph (2) are types of operation described for the purposes of sections 14(1)(f) (operations by public bodies etc.: authorised operations) and 17(1)(f) (operations by owners or occupiers of sites of special scientific interest: authorised operations) of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004.

(2) The types of operation are—

(a)an operation of a type described in the Schedule if it is to be carried out pursuant to an undertaking given to the Scottish Ministers under—

(i)regulation 9 (undertakings) of the Rural Development Contracts (Rural Priorities) (Scotland) Regulations 2008(1);

(ii)regulation 10 (undertakings) of the Rural Development Contracts (Land Managers Options) (Scotland) Regulations 2008(2); or

(iii)regulation 5(1) (undertakings and transfer of holdings) of the Rural Development (Scotland) Regulations 2015(3);

(b)muirburn if it is to be carried out in accordance with a licence granted under section 23C of the Hill Farming Act 1946(4); and

(c)an operation for the control or eradication of an invasive animal or invasive plant if it is to be carried out in accordance with a species control order made under section 14D of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981(5).

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3.  The Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 (Authorised Operations) Order 2011(6) is revoked.

AILEEN McLEOD

Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

21st January 2016

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