Wildlife Crime

Wildlife Crime issues in Gloucestershire are dealt with by the the Rural and Environmental Crime Liaison Officers at Gloucestershire Constabulary. If you have evidence of a wildlife crime having been committed, or suspect that one has been committed you should contact the police directly.

What is a wildlife crime?

Wildlife crime is committed when an offence under certain Acts of Parliament has been breached.

Offences often involve cruelty and the unlawful killing of wild mammals and birds, some of which are protected species. This may also include site clearance or hedgerow removal during the bird breeding season but it will need to be proved that breeding birds have been directly affected.

What warrants investigation?

Gloucestershire Constabulary will investigate when offences under legislation are suspected of being committed, in particular those offences in relation to:

  1. Unlawful trapping/snaring of wild animals
  2. Unlawful hunting of wild mammals
  3. Killing, injuring, taking, disturbing etc. wild birds
  4. Taking/possessing/destroying wild birds eggs/nest disturbance
  5. Badger persecution
  6. Killing, injuring, taking, disturbing etc. wild bats
  7. Damaging protected sites
  8. Unlawful poisoning of wildlife
  9. Stealing wild plants
  10. Unlawful hunting and poaching
  11. Unlawful trade in endangered species



Or email: 101@gloucestershire.police.co.uk

But if a wildlife crime is occurring then dial 999.