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Wild Plants

Bluebells Edit (©Lara Howe)Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is an offence to intentionally uproot any wild plant without the permission of the owner of the land where it grows. Uprooting is defined as "digging up or otherwise removing the plant from the land on which it is actually growing".

In the case of some rare species listed in Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, it is also an offence to pick the plants or sell them. Under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 there are criminal offences concerning the picking, uprooting and selling of rare plants that are classified as European Protected Species.

It is also an offence to introduce seeds or mature plants of a species not native to this country. These plants are listed under Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and can be invasive.

The top five targets are:

  • Bluebells
  • Mosses
  • Snowdrops
  • Algae
  • Lichens

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