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Wildlife Crime

Within our force we have Wildlife Crime Officers who investigate a wide range of complex wildlife offences. They provide advice and support to police officers across Avon and Somerset.

What is wildlife crime?

Wildlife crime is any action against the law regarding the protection of the UK’s wild animals and plants. Examples of wildlife crime include:

  • Hare coursing / hunting
  • Fox hunting
  • Deer poaching
  • Fish poaching
  • Badger persecution – including baiting, snaring, shooting, and disturbance of setts
  • Bat persecution
  • Egg theft / collection
  • Bird of Prey persecution – through poisoning, trapping, shooting, disturbance of nest and/or theft of chicks
  • Trade in ivory, tortoises, rhino horn and other protected species covered by CITES 
  • Non registration of certain birds and animals that require licensing through DEFRA/Animal Health if kept in captivity or sold

How do I report wildlife crime? 

If you are concerned about wildlife crime in your area or have any information that may be helpful to our Wildlife Crime Officers, please contact us by filling in our online wildlife crime form or visit a police station in person.

Want to know more? 

UK National Wildlife Crime Unit

Animal and Plant Health Agency

Natural England