World Wildlife Day
The United Nations has designated Tuesday 3rd March as World Wildlife Day and the emphasis this year is on Wildlife Crime.
Although the focus will mainly be on global issues such as the destruction of rainforests and the illegal killing and trading of endangered species, there are wildlife crimes occurring in this country too.
Did you know, for example, that there are 111 wild plants in the UK which are protected by the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act?
“It is an offence to pick, uproot, trade in, or possess for the purpose of trade, any of the designated species.”
In a nutshell, next time you go for a walk in the countryside, it’s not a good idea to pick any flowers – even a handful of bluebells could get you into trouble!
It’s also an offence to disturb or kill wild birds and our native bats and their roosts have protection too – as Tree Surgeons, we have to be aware of these issues and carry out our work accordingly. Take a look at our webpage for further details: https://treeheritage.co.uk/bats-birds-and-other-wildlife/