Reporting wildlife Crime
If you witness a suspected wildlife crime in action call 999 immediately and ask for the police. For all other non-urgent enquiries please contact Dorset Police here. For your own safety, do not approach suspects yourself or touch anything at the scene.
If possible, give information on:
- What is happening
- The exact location (a map reference or local landmark can be useful)
- The date and time of the incident
- Who is involved (e.g. number of people, clothing worn, tools being carried, or any dogs)
- The make, colour and registration number of any vehicle
- If it is safe to do so take photos which may be used as evidence and remember to ask the police for an incident reference number.
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Legislation and enforcement powers
Full summary can be found on wildlife trusts website
The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981
This is the primary mechanism for wildlife protection in Britain. This legislation covers four areas:
- Wildlife protection, including protection of wild birds, their eggs and nests, protection of other animal and protection of plants
- Nature Conservation, Countryside & National Parks
- Public Rights of Way
- Miscellaneous provisions
Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000 (C&RoW Act)
The protection of SSSIs (Site of Special Scientific Interest), already established in the Wildlife and Countryside Act, is strengthened in this legislation. The Act also allows for prosecution of third parties that damage or destroy a SSSI. Schedule 9 in the Govt’s C&RoW Act summary details the powers.
HUNTING ACT 2004
Full summary can be found at Legislation.gov.uk
The principal purpose of the Hunting Act is to criminalise certain forms of hunting of wild mammals with dogs, but it is wider than that and includes specific offences relating to hare coursing.