What is wildlife crime?

Wildlife appealWildlife crime can take many forms, from familiar offences like poaching, badger baiting, killing or disturbing protected species and breaches of the Hunting Act, to less familiar crimes like trading in endangered species and products derived from them.

Many wildlife crimes are committed by people who act deliberately and with knowledge of the offences they are committing. (Professional criminals are involved in deer and salmon poaching).

However did you know that garden trees can’t be cut back if it disturbs a nesting bird or that access to a bat roost, even if it’s in the roof space of a private house, can’t simply be blocked up?

Birds and certain species of animals receive protection under the law against disturbance, or damage to their habitat.