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Report 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

Report wildlife crime

If you are concerned about wildlife crime in your area or have witnessed a crime against wildlife, you can report it:

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