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Wildlife crime

The policing of wildlife crime is a specialist subject. Wildlife crime is committed when an offence under certain Acts of Parliament has been breached, this section contains useful links to legislation.

What is wildlife crime?

Wildlife offences often involve cruelty and the unlawful killing of wild mammals and birds, some of which are protected species, the destruction of fauna and flora by large scale developments, all non-domesticated animals, wild plants and other organisms. Wildlife crime also involves the buying and selling of endangered species from around the world, in a multi-million pound trade.

The enforcement of wildlife crime often involves and requires partnership with other agencies outside the police, including governmental and non-governmental bodies.

Laws exist which police enforce and provide protection for wildlife in England and Wales. For a list of legislation that provides protection to wildlife in England and Wales click here (the list is not exhaustive).

How to report

If you suspect that a wildlife crime has been committed please use our service:

Alternatively, call 101, the non-emergency number. If you would like to give information regarding a crime anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you're unsure whether an act constitutes wildlife crime, seek advice from a legal professional. West Mercia Police has dedicated Wildlife officers - find out who yours is.

Project Poacher

Project Poacher has been established by the England and Wales Poaching Priority Delivery Group which includes the National Wildlife Crime Unit and is chaired by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

Project Poacher has two key elements; advice and support for law enforcers and a free, easy to use app for reporting poaching incidents.

The app is available to download at

Follow the link for further information:

Partnership working

Tackling rural crime often involves and requires partnership with other agencies outside the police. Follow the link to find out more useful information