Trespassing isn't normally an issue we have to deal with on a day-to-day basis but it can arise from time to time.

The laws on trespassing can differ between England, Scotland and Wales, making it confusing when you're trying to work out what the legislation says.

If you're wondering what constitutes trespassing in the UK and would like to know what action, if any, can be taken, here is everything you need to know.

What is trespassing in the UK?

According to the Metropolitan Police, "entering private land without the owner’s permission is trespassing."

In Scotland, it is widely believed that there are no trespassing laws but this is untrue.

Trespassing is covered under The Trespass (Scotland) Act 1865 and defines trespassing as entering someone's property without their consent.

The Land Reform Act 2003, which established the Right to Roam and gave the public access to most privately owned land, is said to have little impact on trespass law.

As long as those entering private land respect other people’s privacy, safety and the environment around them, it would not be considered trespassing.

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The Met Police states that "trespassing is not classed as a criminal offence," adding: "In most cases, this is not a matter for the police. 

"We’d recommend the first thing to do would be to talk to the people occupying your land and ask them to leave, if you feel safe to do that."

If they refuse to leave, it is advised that you contact your local authority for advice.

If all else fails, it is said that affected parties should seek a court order to remove them. If they breach this, it could become a criminal matter.

As is the case in England and Wales, trespassing is a civil wrong in Scotland but it may become a criminal wrong (i.e. where this breaks poaching laws etc).