Wildlife Crime

Badger cub photo by Elliot NeepBadger cub photo by Elliot Neep

Wildlife Crime issues in Birmingham and the Black Country are dealt with by the West Midlands Police. 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?

West Midlands Police will investigate when offences under legislation are suspected of being committed, in particular those offences in relation to:

  • Unlawful trapping/snaring of wild animals
  • Unlawful hunting of wild mammals
  • Killing, injuring, taking, disturbing etc. wild birds
  • Taking/possessing/destroying wild birds eggs/nest disturbance
  • Badger persecution
  • Killing, injuring, taking, disturbing etc. wild bats
  • Damaging protected sites
  • Unlawful poisoning of wildlife
  • Stealing wild plants
  • Unlawful hunting and poaching
  • Unlawful trade in endangered species


If you witness a suspected wildlife crime in action call 999 immediately. In all other instances call 101.

For further information about wildlife crime go to the see the leaflet on gov.uk

The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) is a multi-agency body comprising representatives of the organisations involved in wildlife law enforcement in the UK. You can find out more on the gov.uk website.

The National Wildlife Crime Unit website has lots of information, but they advise contacting local police in the first instance.