FENLAND WILDLIFE WATCH

Safeguarding the future of our wildife

 

 

 

 
 Lincolnshire & Cambridgeshire wildlife crime  officers

                               

                                                               

                                                   

 Police wildlife crime Officers are officers who have an interest in the prevention & detection of wildlife crime. They work in close association with other organisations such as the RSPCA, WWF, English Nature, Environment Agency & Local Wildlife trusts, in the investigation and prosecution of offenders.

Together We Can Crack Crime

 Wildlife crime takes many forms, from the organised crimes of badger baiting, deer poaching, dog fighting to the shooting of wild birds, illegal trapping and collection of birds eggs. There are many pieces of legislation protecting our wildlife. It is the responsibility of police wildlife crime officers to prosecute people who ignore the law and to receive information from people and answer inquiries from the public.

Wildlife Crime In Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire police have 6 wildlife crime officers covering the county. 5 officers perform the role on a voluntary basis in addition to their other duties, but there is also a full time wildlife crime officer PC Nick Willey. The priorities relating to wildlife and environmental crime are protection of the Hen Harrier (Operation Artemis), Bat Crime (Operation Bat), Habitat Damage, the illegal trade in endangered species and education.

Particular areas of concern in Lincolnshire are deer poaching, badger digging and lamping, habitat damage, persecution of birds of prey and wild birds in general. Many of these offences occur in remote rural areas so we are very much reliant on members of the public keeping an eye out on our behalf.

 Contact Lincolnshire police on 0300-111-0300

                                  

Cambridgeshire police Rural Community Action Team now have two officers trained as wildlife crime officers. PC's Paul Carter and Tony Hales are now in postion to deal with wildlife crimes and can also give advice to the public regarding wildlife legislation.

All crimes and incidents involving wildlife will be montored by them. They will be working throughout Cambridgeshire with other agencies such as the RSPCA, RSPB and National Wildlife Crime Unit.

Both officers can be contacted through the force switchboard on 0845-4564564 or email     [email protected]

 

                                                          Protecting our wildlife

From bats and badgers to water voles and weasels, our county is teeming with wonderful wildlife and we are committed to protecting this rural environment from criminal activity.

In order to do this we have a number of specially trained wildlife crime officers across the county and we work in close partnership with a range of expert agencies.

In Norfolk, the most common crimes include:

  • Crimes against birds including egg collecting and trapping.
  • Damage to habitat
  • Poisoning/trapping and shooting of wildlife
  • Trade in endangered species
  • Hare coursing
  • Wild plant theft, particularly bluebell digging. This has recently escalated to be an organised crime and means that woods are stripped bare of bluebell bulbs for which the offenders will receive a great deal of money.

We work closely with the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the Government’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Environment Agency, English Nature, and Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

We are also partnered with enforcement agencies including HM Customs and Excise and local contacts including Farmwatch Ltd and local gamekeepers and wardens and we are a member of the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW).

But we also need your help. We need member of the public to be our eyes and ears and report any suspicious activity that might threaten wildlife in your neighbourhood.

If you have any information about wildlife crime or believe you have witnessed a crime taking place contact us on 101 or if the situation is an emergency dial 999.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                

 

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