The Habitats Regulations 2010 have been amended ten times since they were last consolidated (in 2010). They are likely to remain in place for some time after the UK exits the EU.
Therefore, the legislation has been consolidated once again in 2017, omitting obsolete parts and adding in a few recent amendments.
The Habitats Regulations 2010, which are made under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972, are the principal means by which the Habitats Directive is transposed for England and Wales and territorial seas.
Corresponding Regulations transpose the Habitats Directive in relation to Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The Habitats Regulations 2017 will continue to implement the Habitats Directive and certain elements of the Birds Directives in England and Wales.
Have they changed much?
In effect, no. The Habitats Regulations 2017 consolidate all the various amendments made to the Habitats Regulations 2010, in respect of England and Wales. The majority of it remains the same legislation.