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Wildlife crime covers a wide range of offences. These include killing or injuring wild animals, illegally trading in endangered species, poisoning wild mammals and birds and collecting wild birds’ eggs. Reporting such offences helps to stop the criminals and protect our rare plants and animals.




World Wildlife Day 2016


What do I do now?

If a wildlife crime is in progress:

  • call 999
  • give an accurate location if possible
  • do not put yourself or anyone else in danger
  • observe what is happening and give full details to the call-taker (eg descriptions, car registration numbers)
  • make notes if possible
  • make yourself available to speak to the attending officer
  • act on the instructions of the call-taker

If you suspect that a wildlife crime has taken place:

  • call the police on the 101 non-emergency number
  • give an accurate location if possible
  • preserve any evidence if possible
  • make yourself available to the attending officer

What happens next?

The incident will be fully investigated by, or with the assistance of Rural and Environmental Crime Liaison Officers (RECLOs).

Officers may make house-to-house enquiries in an attempt to trace witnesses.

A witness appeal may be made through the media. In certain circumstances, a newspaper, or radio station or TV station may wish to interview you. Requests are usually made through the Constabulary press office. It is your decision whether you accept or decline the offer speak to them.

If an arrest is made, the offender is likely to be prosecuted and you may be required to be a witness at court. Information on attending court as a witness can be found here


What else can I do?

Keep informed about the types of wildlife crime that can be committed and don't ignore any suspicious activity. Follow our guidelines if you suspect a wildlife crime is taking place. If you prefer to report anonymously, please contact Crimestoppers.


Page last updated: 11 January 2018