The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (amended 1985) provides the cornerstone to nature conservation in Great Britain. The Act sets out provisions for the protection of species in England, Wales and Scotland, including the establishment of Marine Nature Reserves. It was amended further by the Countryside Rights of Way Act (2000). Further detail: JNCC
Available MarLIN information on species protected under the W&C Act is listed below, based on the JNCC Taxon designations list 2014.