Wildlife crime can include the killing of certain creatures, uprooting wild plants, and the illegal trade of creatures.
Generally, the police work in partnership with a number of agencies on a range of wildlife crime investigations. Wildlife crime can also include the use of illegal traps, badger baiting and stealing birds’ eggs.
Poaching and hare coursing
This activity is difficult to combat. Offenders can be well organised and may be involved in other types of animal and rural crime.
Please report any incidents of poaching and hare coursing on your land to police. Call 101, the 24-hour Thames Valley Police non-emergency number. If it is safe to do so, make a note of vehicle details and descriptions of the people involved.
The Acts of Parliament that affect wildlife crime law are:
- Hunting Act 2004.
- Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
- Protection of Badgers Act 1992.
- Deer Act 1991.
- Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996.
- Protection of Animals Act 1911.
For more information about these Acts, visit the Office of Public Sector Information (opens new window).