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So what can we expect if we find ourselves in breach of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 act?

 24/11/2015    Last Modified: 04/02/2016

The maximum penalty for each offence in the Magistrates’ Court is a £5,000 fine and/or six months imprisonment, and a £5,000 fine and two years’ imprisonment in the Crown Court.

Of course there are exceptions for safety:

An authorised person (i.e. someone who has the written consent or the owner or occupier), may fell or prune a dangerous tree in order to preserve public health and safety.

If Schedule 1(3) birds would be affected, then a licence from DEFRA is required. Similarly a licence is also required for tree work deemed necessary for reasons other than health and safety.

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