Explanatory Memorandum

Wildlife and Natural Environment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

2011 CHAPTER 15

29 March 2011

Commentary on Sections

Section 12 - Protection of wild plants

The purpose of this Section is to clarify that the offence of intentionally picking, removing, uprooting or destroying a protected wild plant also applies to its seeds or spores. It also clarifies that any reference in the Wildlife Order to a plant which is growing includes a reference to a bulb, corm or rhizome; and that ‘wild plant’ includes fungi.