The Infrastructure Act, designed to help the planning of roads and other developments in the UK, has dangerous implications for our native species, especially the beaver and wild boar. In particular, it lists species which are now subject to “species control provisions”. These allow for the eradication of any “species of animal… no longer normally present in Great Britain”.
While the Infrastucture Act was going through Parliament we examined the impact it would have on native species in our briefing, The Instrastructure Bill: Species control agreements and orders.
The beaver, which is enjoying a popular comeback in the UK, is protected from killing under the Habitats Directive. This means its implementation must be monitored. We are reminding the UK government of its legal obligations to minimise the consequences of development to beavers and other native species.
We will continue protecting native species, whether they are part of reintroduction programmes, or long-term residents which become threatened.