Explanatory Notes

Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011

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7 April 2011

The Act – Commentary on Sections

Part 2 – Wildlife under the 1981 Act

Section 4 – Areas of special protection for wild birds

35.Section 4 of the Act has the effect of repealing section 3 of the 1981 Act, which enabled the Scottish Ministers to declare by order areas of special protection for wild birds, their nests, and their young. Eight areas of special protection in Scotland created by order under the Protection of Birds Act 1954 (where they are described as “bird sanctuaries”), which was repealed and re-enacted by the 1981 Act, are accordingly abolished.