Local authority apologises to councillor cleared of unlawfully handling newts – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Forest of Dean councillor has been cleared both of unlawfully handling protected newts and of swearing at other councillors.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th August 2017

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Rare butterfly killer Philip Cullen spared jail – BBC News

‘A collector who captured and killed the UK’s rarest butterfly – the Large Blue – has been spared jail.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2017

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What is the law on killing rabbits in your garden? – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2014 in animals, internet, news, photography, protected species by sally

‘Novelist Jeanette Winterson has caused a minor storm on Twitter by posting pictures of a rabbit she killed, cooked and ate after it entered her garden. But what does the law in England and Wales say on the issue, asks Justin Parkinson.’

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BBC News, 18th June 2014

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Ministers defeated in grey squirrel battle – The Independent

Posted March 19th, 2014 in animals, enforcement, news, prosecutions, protected species by tracey

‘Ministers have admitted defeat in their battle against grey squirrels, and will scrap a law to protect their red cousins. Campaigners, and MPs in the North East where the red squirrel can still be found, have expressed their shock at the abandonment of the law requiring people to report grey squirrels on their land so they can be exterminated.’

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The Independent, 18th Independent 2014

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‘Badger was fox’ lie Cumbria men’s convictions upheld – BBC news

“Three men given jail sentences after taking a badger from a wood and trying to pretend it was a fox have had their convictions upheld at an appeal.”

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BBC News, 16th July 2013

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Man guilty of destroying bat site – BBC News

Posted October 2nd, 2009 in animals, news, planning, protected species by sally

“A planning consultant has been convicted of two charges of damaging or destroying the sites of protected bat species at a former hospital building.”

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BBC News, 2nd October 2009

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