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Update on the Quinquennial Review (QQR 7) of Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act

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Stakeholder Consultation Report published

JNCC has published its report on the stakeholder consultation for the 7th Quinquennial Review of Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

For more information on the QQR 7 process, please visit the QQR 7 webpage.

 

Previous updates on the QQR 7 process are provided below.


Our previous update was on 19 April 2022

Submission of the formal advice on the 7 Quinquennial Review of Schedule 5 and Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act

Today we have sent the formal advice on the 7th Quinquennial Review of Schedule 5 and Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Nature Recovery and the Domestic Environment) and to the Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity in the Scottish Government and the Minister for Climate Change in the Welsh Government. The report is submitted by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee on behalf of Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and NatureScot.

 


Our previous update was on 22 February 2022

Response to the open NGO letter regarding the consultation for the 7th Quinquennial Review

Thank you for your letter and for your continued input and dialogue on this matter.  We greatly value your thoughts and support in relation to the Quinquennial Review process.

Your letter raised several points that we address below.

Firstly, it is important to reiterate our view that we have a developed a system that: prioritises our most threatened species for listing; has a degree of flexibility to allow the listing of additional species where the nature conservation case, based on scientific evidence, is clearly made; adopts a careful, precautionary approach to retaining species already listed on the Schedules; and applies a "non-detriment" approach to species that may be considered for removal from listing. We consider that, taken as a whole, this approach will add significantly to the level of protection given overall. Indeed, it seems that in light of the successful consultation with you and others, we may be able to advise governments of the conservation case to add several hundred species to the Schedules.

Whilst the Quinquennial Review process involves an assessment of listing on Schedule 5 or Schedule 8 at a particular time, we will keep the conservation needs of species under review and, should the conservation requirements of species change such that they require listing, we will advise governments of this need. Indeed, we are keen to continue the engagement with you beyond the current process, to ensure that the case for any species listing in future is rigorous, based on the best available scientific evidence, and that the conservation case is made to best effect.

The conservation of species requires more than legislative protection, and we are clear that the recovery of nature across the UK needs to be based on a mix of legislation, nature conservation policies, and clear action to maintain and indeed recover the status of many species populations. It is important to note that other developing legislative requirements and policies will add further to nature recovery; the Quinquennial Review Process is an important and supportive part of that wider effort.

As you highlight, making sure that species do not become threatened in the first place should be a common aim for us all. To that end, we would welcome meeting with you to discuss how we can work together over the coming months and years to maximise our collective effectiveness.

Professor Colin A Galbraith (JNCC Chair) & Dr Gemma Harper (JNCC Chief Executive Officer)

On behalf of JNCC, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and NatureScot

 


Our previous update was issued on 31 January 2022

The QQR 7 consultation phase has now closed

The QQR 7 stakeholder consultation phase closed on 30 January 2022.  For the latest information on the QQR 7 process, please visit the QQR 7 webpage.

 


Our previous update was issued on 8 November 2021

Monday 8 November 2021: QQR 7 stakeholder consultation now open

We are pleased to announce that the next stage of 7th Quinquennial Review of Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (QQR 7) – the stakeholder consultation – is now open. The stakeholder consultation will run from today, Monday 8 November 2021, for twelve weeks, and will close at 23:59 on Sunday 30 January 2022.

Further details on the stakeholder consultation process are available on the QQR 7 webpage.

Throughout the QQR 7 process, JNCC, working with the Country Nature Conservation Bodies of Great Britain (Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, NatureScot), have committed to:

  • Running a transparent process, where all stakeholders have the opportunity to engage and have a voice.
  • Maintaining high scientific standards, including rigorous and objective analyses of data and information gathered or submitted.


Following the stakeholder consultation, the data gathered through the process will be used to produce a set of recommendations. These recommendations will be provided to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and to Ministers for the Environment in the Scottish Government and Welsh Government, who will then decide on possible changes to the Schedules.

 


Our previous update was issued on 27 October 2021.

Wednesday 27 October 2021: Update on the Quinquennial Review (QQR 7) of Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 

As announced in December 2020, the 7th Quinquennial Review of Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (QQR 7) started in April 2021. The QQR 7 process is being undertaken through four phases:

  • Data gathering
  • Analysis
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Peer review and sign off

The data-gathering phase ran from April until early July, and the analysis phase is now coming to an end. The stakeholder consultation phase will commence on Monday 8 November, and will run for a period of 12 weeks until 30 January 2022.

The stakeholder consultation will comprise two parts, which will address the QQR process and the resultant recommendations for amendments to the lists of species on the Schedules. 

JNCC has been carrying out an engagement exercise with a range of non-governmental organisations throughout the process, and this will continue during the stakeholder consultation.

Further information will be available from 10:00 on Monday 8 November.

 


Our previous update was issued on 27 July 2021.

Tuesday 27 July 2021: Update on the Quinquennial Review (QQR 7) of Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 

This is JNCC’s update (27 July 2021) on its work in relation to the Quinquennial Review of Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, legislation that helps ensure the protection of species (plants and animals) from collection, sale or persecution.

In summary, the work involves discussions with a range of interested stakeholder groups. It is being taken forward in four phases:

  • Data gathering
  • Analysis
  • Consultation
  • Peer review and sign off

The first phase of data gathering is now complete. This has been an informal process involving staff from the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies and a range of non-governmental organisations to gather views and evidence for species proposals.

This has been informative and now will be followed by a period of analysis and further consideration of the issues involved. Once the evidence has been analysed, JNCC will carry out an engagement exercise with a range of non-governmental organisations. This period of engagement is expected to last three months, running from the beginning of October to the end of the year. The results of this engagement exercise will be given consideration when providing our advice and recommendations to governments, which is to be completed and delivered in 2022.

The two key areas of the work are:

(1) Recommendations regarding species to be added to the Schedules

The QQR7 has three main steps for species to be proposed for listing on Schedules 5 (animals) or 8 (plants, non-vascular plants, and fungi):

  • why species are considered (the Rationale);
  • which species should be considered (the Eligibility); and
  • if species meet the need for protection under the WCA (the Decision).

The judgements used in the process for adding species will mean that the species that JNCC, through the QQR 7 process, recommends being added to the Schedules are those that are clearly identified as being threatened by collection, sale or persecution, as described in the legislation.

(2) Recommendations regarding species to be removed from the Schedules

Importantly, for species already listed on existing Schedules, their conservation dependence on the protection afforded by the Schedules will be fully assessed in the analytical phase of the work, which is starting now. A precautionary approach to the assessment will be used.


Dr Gemma Harper, Chief Executive of JNCC, said:

"Thank you to the various stakeholder groups engaging with the process so far. The work is still at an early stage and the analysis of data and information is only now beginning after completion of the first phase of activity. The engagement exercise with a range of non-governmental organisations will follow this analysis and will take place later this year. 


Professor Colin Galbraith, Chairman of JNCC, added:

"We will ensure that the next phase of work to analyse the initial data and information collected is undertaken rigorously and objectively We are committed to ensuring that JNCC maintains high scientific standards in this process and in all its work".

For further information, visit the QQR7 webpage.

 


Our previous update was provided on 25 June 2021.

Friday 25 June 2021: QQR overview

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is the public body that advises the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature conservation.

One of JNCC’s many roles is our work with the country nature conservation bodies (CNCBs) to ensure that legislative lists of protected species are up-to-date, including species that are protected in Great Britain under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981. Every five years, the CNCBs in Great Britain (Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and NatureScot), working through JNCC, review Schedules 5 and 8 of the Act through a Quinquennial Review (QQR).

In 2016, JNCC, the CNCBs and non-governmental organisations revised the criteria used to select species for inclusion on the schedules.

The data-gathering phase of QQR 7 began on 8 April, and will run until Wednesday 7 July 2021, via an online survey. Through this process stakeholders are able to:

  • propose additional Endangered species for inclusion on the schedules;
  • propose species for removal from the schedules;
  • propose a change in protection status of species on the schedules.

Stakeholders will be invited to comment on amendments to the list through a formal consultation phase in the autumn.

 


Our previous update was provided on 24 March 2021.

Wednesday 24 March 2021: QQR 7 to commence on 8 April 2021

As announced in December 2020, the 7th Quinquennial Review of Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (QQR 7) will start in just over two weeks' time, on Thursday 8 April 2021. Originally scheduled for 2020, QQR 7 has been delayed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Quinquennial Review (QQR) is undertaken every five years by the country nature conservation bodies in Great Britain (Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, and NatureScot), working through JNCC. As a result of a review of the QQR criteria, the data-gathering process for QQR 7 has been greatly simplified.  Through the QQR 7 process, you will be able to:

  • propose new Endangered species for inclusion on the schedules;
  • propose species for removal from the schedules;
  • propose a change in protection status of species on the schedules.

To find out more, or to propose changes to the schedules, please visit the QQR 7 webpage. The Information Pack will be updated on 7 April. Details will also be sent to all stakeholders who have already registered an interest in QQR 7.

 


Our previous update was provided on 18 December 2020

Friday 18 December 2020: QQR 7 to commence in April 2021

We are announcing today that the 7th Quinquennial Review of Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (QQR 7) will start on 8 April 2021. Originally scheduled for 2020, QQR 7 has been delayed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Quinquennial Review (QQR) is undertaken every five years by the country nature conservation bodies in Great Britain (Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, and NatureScot), working through JNCC. As a result of a review of the QQR criteria, the data-gathering process for QQR 7 has been greatly simplified.  Through the QQR 7 process, you will be able to:

  • propose new Endangered species for inclusion on the schedules;
  • propose species for removal from the schedules;
  • propose a change in protection status of species on the schedules.

Stakeholders wishing to propose changes to the schedules are invited to use the time leading up to April 2021 to liaise with others and prepare the necessary evidence.

For more information about QQR 7, visit the QQR 7 webpage, where you can find the information pack.

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