If you have seen or suspect anyone of wildlife crime please contact the relevant authorities. Putting the tag of wildlife onto it does in no way lessen the offences being committed. Crime is crime, committed by criminals and therefore it's the duty first and foremost of the Police to investigate and bring the offenders to the courts. Please see below for more infromation and useful contacts.
You can help combat wildlife crime in many ways,
If you witness what you believe to be a wildlife crime being committed, report it to the police straightaway, either by ringing 999 or your local station. Do not leave it until it is too late.
If you can, please tell police an exact location with possibly a map reference as to where you last saw the offender(s). A landmark may be helpful in pinpointing the location.
A brief description with particular relevance to clothing, implements they have with them, and any dogs etc. If they have a vehicle then the make, colour and registration number will be of great help. It will also assist the police greatly if for example you have seen suspected badger diggers, then the location of a nearby badger sett.
WILDLIFE OFFENCES ARE COMMITTED BY CRIMINALS.
DO NOT APPROACH SUSPECTS YOURSELF - THEY MAY RESPOND WITH VIOLENCE.
If you know of wildlife offenders or have any information relating to wildlife offences then you can report it to any of the following organisations;
- Your local Police Wildlife Crime Officer: they are interested in all wildlife offences. You can contact your local wildlife crime officer through any police headquarters or by checking our contacts page where you will find a list of current wildlife crime officers.
- HM Revenue and Customs: they are interested in offences in relation to the illegal trade in endangered species. Tel: 0208 910 3830; web site www.hmrc.gov.uk
- Crimestoppers Trust: they will accept details of wildlife offenders and pass them to the relevant police forces. Tel: 0800 555 111; web site www.crimestoppers-uk.org. All calls will be treated in confidence; you do not have to give your details if you do not wish to.
- Crimes against wild birds can be reported on line to the RSPB at www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/policy/wildbirdslaw/report.asp
If you would prefer to speak to somebody please call the RSPB on 01767 680 551 (England and Wales) or 0131 311 6500 (Scotland). Lines are manned 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Messages can be left outside these hours.
For background information or specific advice, you might consider contacting:
- The Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme, investigates offences involving the illegal poisoning of wildlife with pesticides. Tel: 0800 321 600.
- WWF Eyes and Ears Campaign hotline 01483 426111
Or you could contact one of the PAW partner organisations.