Neighbourhood Watch Update
Wildlife Crime …..
Sussex has large expanses of rural areas and police have worked hard to develop strong links to these communities as a way of ensuring the issues surrounding wildlife crime are not overlooked.
Within Sussex we have expert Wildlife Crime Officers who are regular police officers or PCSOs but take on this role in addition to their main duties. They investigate a wide range of complex wildlife offences and provide expert advice and support to police officers across Sussex.
What is wildlife crime?
Examples of wildlife crime include:
- Hare coursing
- Deer poaching
- Fish poaching
- Badger persecution – including baiting, snaring, shooting, and disturbance of setts
- Bat persecution
- Egg theft / collection
- Bird of prey persecution – through poisoning, trapping, shooting, disturbance of nest and/or theft of chicks
- The trade in ivory, tortoises, rhino horn and other protected species covered by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) including caviar, traditional Chinese medicines and orchids
- Non-registration of certain birds and animals that require licensing through DEFRA/Animal Health if kept in captivity or sold
If you are concerned about instances of wildlife crime in your area – for example, poaching or trading in endangered species – or have any information that may be helpful to our Wildlife Crime Officers, please tell us by calling 101.