Hogan Lovells advises on new legislation that will protect Alderney's 'significant' wildlife

Press releases | 11 August 2020

London, 11 August 2020 – Alderney has moved a step closer to having new legislation to protect its rich marine and terrestrial wildlife. Hogan Lovells recently provided pro bono guidance for the proposed law at no public cost as part of our sustainable development commitment to support the UK Wildlife Trust.

The island signed up to the internationally agreed Blue Islands Charter last year and subsequently the States ratified its environmental policy which included an objective to provide legal protection for land and sea habitats and species 'of significant conservation value'.

The next steps will involve public consultation with a range of interested parties including wildlife organisations, landowners, animal welfare, veterinary services and the shooting community among others.

The new legislation is expected to be in three parts:

  • Placing a duty on all public bodies and office holders to further the conservation of biodiversity
  • Providing protection of specific habitats and the designation of States-owned land as Areas of Enhanced Protection, for example, Longis Nature Reserve and the Ramsar site
  • Providing protection for bird, animal and plant species

"This legislation will build on our island's land and marine conservation credentials and enhance our reputation in the eyes of the international community as well as residents," said Policy and Finance Committee chairman James Dent.

The Hogan Lovells team advising on the new legislation included Charles Brasted (partner), Telha Arshad (associate), Louis Biggs (associate), Rhian Lewis (pro bono associate), Hyerin Park (associate), and Raina Hayles (trainee).