I would like to have wild boar running free on my estate/ farm where there is ample suitable woodland habitat? Can I simply buy some animals from a nearby wild boar farm and release them on my land?

The release of wild animals including non-native species is controlled by The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Part 1 section 14 of the Act makes it an offence to release, or allow to escape in to the wild, any animal of a kind which is “Not ordinarily resident in and is not a regular visitor to Great Britain in a wild state”.

Section 27 then defines a number of terms used in Part 1, but strangely does not give any definition of “ordinarily resident”. There is now a need for guidance on whether wild boar having existed in a feral state for many years could be considered as ordinarily resident.

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