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Quinquennial Review 7

The formal advice on the 7th Quinquennial Review of Schedule 5 and Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 was sent 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 on 19 April 2022. The report was submitted by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee on behalf of Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and NatureScot.

The Report of the Stakeholder Consultation during the 7th Quinquennial Review of Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 was published on 25 May 2022.

Background

The QQR process

Every five years, the Country Nature Conservation Bodies in Great Britain (Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and NatureScot), working jointly through the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee, review lists of protected species on Schedules 5 (animals) and 8 (plants) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This process is known as the Quinquennial Review. 

The Review ultimately provides recommendations 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 then decide on possible changes to these schedules.

As part of the Quinquennial Review process, stakeholders are provided with the opportunity to submit evidence and views.

 

The 7th Quinquennial Review (QQR 7)

The 7th Quinquennial Review of Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (QQR 7) started in April 2021. Originally scheduled for 2020, the QQR 7 process was delayed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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 2021 until early July 2021, followed by the analysis phase, which came to an end in early November 2021. The stakeholder consultation ran for a period of 12 weeks, from Monday 8 November 2021 until 30 January 2022.

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The QQR 7 stakeholder consultation

The QQR 7 stakeholder consultation closed on Sunday 30 January 2022. 

The purpose of the stakeholder consultation was two-fold:

  1. To provide an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies’ recommendations concerning individual species in relation to the retention, regrading, addition or removal of species listed on Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
  2. To gather stakeholders’ views on criteria for species’ selection through the Quinquennial Review process. These criteria were updated for the QQR 7 process, in response to a series of additional recommendations proposed through the 6th Quinquennial Review (QQR 6), undertaken in 2014.

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After the consultation

Evidence submitted as part of the stakeholder consultation has been analysed and incorporated into a series of final recommendations regarding the addition, retention, regrading or removal of species listed on the Schedules.

The recommendations were sent 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 on 19 April 2022, who will then decide on possible changes to the Schedules. The report and recommendations will be made publicly available after the Secretary of State lays a copy in each House of Parliament.

The Report of the Stakeholder Consultation was published on 25 May 2022.

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Logos of the organisations involved in the Inter-Agency QQR Group: Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, NatureScot, JNCC

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