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


The National Wildlife Crime Unit website has lots of information, but they recommend contacting the local police as your first point of contact.

To contact the police by phone, 24 hours a day, call: 101

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 their DEFRA page.