Readers may be aware that EU Regulation 1143/2014 on Invasive Non-Native Species will be implemented within UK legislation via a Statutory Order from end of March 2019. The Order relates only to species on the EU’s list of Species of Concern and thus for our purposes relates solely to Chinese muntjac Muntiacus reevesi. The Order will only apply to England and Wales and in essence brings legislation here in line with that already in effect in other parts of the UK.
As noted in Peter Green’s article in the Winter issue of Deer: it is already illegal to release muntjac in areas outside their current distributional range with the current exemption that they may be released under licence within 1 km of where they were found. This exemption will be removed after 29th March.
It is our understanding , from ongoing correspondence with Defra, that...Read more