Wildlife Crime Prevention

In Gloucestershire, the Rural and Environmental Crime Liaison Officers also perform the role of wildlife crime Officers.

Wildlife is the native fauna and flora of a region. It includes all non-domesticated animals, wild plants and other organisms. The domestication of wild animals and plant species for human benefit has occurred over many hundreds of years, and can have a major impact on the environment, both positive and negative.

Wildlife crime is committed when an offence under certain Acts of Parliament has been breached. Offences often involve cruelty and the unlawful killing of wild mammals and birds, some of which are protected species.

There are numerous Acts of Parliament that provide protection for wildlife in England and Wales.

Gloucestershire Constabulary will investigate when offences under legislation are suspected of being committed, in particular those offences in relation to:

  • Unlawful trapping/snaring of wild animals
  • Unlawful hunting of wild mammals
  • Killing, injuring, taking, disturbing etc. wild birds
  • Taking/possessing/destroying wild birds eggs/nest disturbance
  • Badger persecution
  • Killing, injuring, taking, disturbing etc. wild bats
  • Damaging protected sites
  • Unlawful poisoning of wildlife
  • Stealing wild plants
  • Unlawful hunting and poaching
  • Unlawful trade in endangered species

How to report a wildlife crime:

  • If you witness a suspected wildlife crime in action call 999 immediately and ask for the police.
  • For all other enquires call the police on 101.
  • If you have any information which you wish to report anonymously please contact Crime Stoppers

If you have any questions or queries please contact PS Simon Clemett on 101 or e-mail Simon.Clemett@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk

UK National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU)

This dedicated unit exists to help prevent and detect wildlife crime. The National Wildlife Crime Unit obtain and pass on information from a wide range of organisations which helps the police to investigate wildlife crimes. To find out more about what the NWCU do and to learn what wildfire crime is, please click on the link: http://www.nwcu.police.uk/

 

Any comments regarding Rural Watch and wildlife and environmental issues are welcomed.

When its less urgent than 999 ring 101Any comments regarding Rural Watch and wildlife and environmental issues are welcomed.
If you have any questions or queries please contact PS Simon Clemett on 101 or e-mail Simon.Clemett@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk

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