What is wildlife crime?
People buying, selling, harming or disturbing wild animals or plants that are protected by law.
- Poaching of game, venison and fish.
- Disturbing, injuring or killing bats, and damaging or obstructing their roosts
- Taking protected plants from the countryside.
- Violence against badgers, disturbing a badger sett.
- Poisoning of animals, such as birds; or taking their eggs.
- Illegally trading in endangered species.
- Smuggling protected species (e.g. tortoises, ivory, …)
Why stopping wildlife crime is important?
- It can be linked to other serious crimes like theft, burglary, drugs, money laundering and firearms offences.
- It reduces the number of rare animals and plants, pushing them closer to extinction.
How can you help?
If you witness a suspected wildlife crime in action call 999 and ask for the police.
For all other enquires including information about wildlife crime, you can contact:
- Kirklees Wildlife Crime Officer – DC 1883 Bryan Butterworth – 01484 436565 (or 101 and leave a message)
- Valleys NPT - 01484 436855
- Crime stoppers – 0800 555111
If possible give information on:
- What is happening
- The exact location (a map reference or local landmark can be useful)
- The date and time of the incident.
- Who is involved (e.g. number of people, clothing, tools being carried or any dogs)
- The make colour and registration number of any vehicle.
- If it is safe to do so take photos.
- Remember to ask for an incident log number.