Wild Creatures and Forest Laws Act 1971

The Wild Creatures and Forest Laws Act 1971 (c 47) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Act implemented recommendations contained in the second report on statute law revision,[4] by the Law Commission.

The Wild Creatures and Forest Laws Act 1971[1]
Long titleAn Act to abolish certain rights of Her Majesty to wild creatures and certain related rights and franchises; to abrogate the forest law (subject to exceptions); and to repeal enactments relating to those rights and franchises and to forests and the forest law; and for connected purposes.
Citation1971 c 47
Territorial extentDoes not extend to Scotland, except for the partial repeal of section 2 of the Night Poaching Act 1828.[2]
Royal assent1 July 1971
Commencement1 July 1971[3]
Status: Amended
Revised text of statute as amended


Section 1(1) repealed the longest standing statute in England, the Charter of the Forest 1217, by abolishing “any prerogative right of Her Majesty to wild creatures ... together with any prerogative right to set aside land or water for the breeding, support or taking of wild creatures; and any franchises of forest, free chase, park or free warren.”

In section 2(3), the words from "and" onwards were repealed by section 41(1) of, and Part I of Schedule 6 to, the Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973.

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  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title is authorised by section 2(1) of this Act.
  2. ^ The Wild Creatures and Forest Laws Act 1971, section 2(2)
  3. ^ The Acts of Parliament (Commencement) Act 1793
  4. ^ The Law Commission. Statute Law Revision: Second Report. Draft Wild Creatures and Forest Laws Bill. Law Com 28. Cmnd 4433. HMSO. London. August 1970. Digitised copy from BAILII.


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