Schedule 6

Schedule 6 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981

Animals which may not be Killed or Taken by Certain Methods.

Animals listed in Schedule 6 are protected from being killed or taken by certain methods under Section 11(1) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
The methods listed are: self-locking snares, bows, crossbows, explosives (other than ammunition for a firearm), or live decoys.
The species listed are also protected from the following activities: trap, snare or net, electrical device for killing or stunning, poisonous, poisoned or stupefying substances or any other gas or smoke, automatic or semi-automatic weapon, device for illuminating a target or sighting device for night shooting, artificial light, mirror or other dazzling device, sound recording, and mechnically propelled vehicle in immediate pursuit.

Name Latin Date
Marine Mammals    
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 1981
Bottlenosed dolphin Tursiops truncatus 1981
Terrestrial Mammals    
West European Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus 1981
Wild Cat Felis silvestris 1981
Otter Lutra lutra 1981
Pine Marten Martes martes 1981
Badger Meles meles 1981
Dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius 1981
Polecat Mustela putorius 1981
Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris 1981
Shrews Soricidae 1981
Bats Vespertilionidae 1981
Barbastelle Bat Barbastella barbastellus 1981
Northern Bat Eptesicus nilssonii 1981
Serotine Eptesicus serotinus 1981
Bechstein’s Bat  Myotis bechsteinii 1981
Brandt’s Bat Myotis brandtii 1981
Daubenton’s Bat  Myotis daubentonii 1981
Whiskered Bat Myotis mystacinus 1981
Natterer’s Bat Myotis nattereri 1981
Leisler’s Bat Nyctalus leisleri 1981
Noctule Nyctalus noctula 1981
Kuhl’s Pipistrelle Pipistrellus kuhlii 1981
Nathusius’s pipistrelle Pipistrellus nathusii 1981
Pipistrelle Bat Pipistrellus pipistrellus 1981
Savi’s Pipistrelle Pipistrellus savii 1981
Brown Long-Eared Bat Plecotus auritus 1981
Grey Long-Eared Bat Plecotus austriacus 1981
Horseshoe Bats Rhinolophidae 1981
Greater Horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus ferrumequinum 1981
Lesser Horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus hipposideros 1981


  1. Graham Block says:

    No clear mention of grey squirrels . . . I appreciate there are gadgets one can buy to trap them but is there an official line on methods of despatch/disposal? If you can give guidance it would be appreciated. Thanks.

  2. C H says:

    Greys are an invasive non-native species, they are not ‘protected’ under the WACA 1981. See link below.

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