Sadly illegal persecution of wildlife continues in our area. Here is some useful information about what you can do to help by reporting wildlife crime or suspicious activity relating to illegal wildlife persecution.
Birders Against Wildlife Crime’s website features a very useful guide to understanding and reporting wildlife crime – Recognise: Record: Report.
The Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group’s Operation Owl website features a range of information about tackling persecution of birds of prey and how you can get involved.
If you witness a wildlife crime taking place, call 999 and ask to speak to a Wildlife Crime Officer. Tell them what you have seen and where, ask for an incident number and if you feel safe to do so, try to take photos or record a video as evidence.
If you see something you think is suspicious – an illegal trap or suspected poisoned bait – please call 101 (the national non-emergency number) to report it to the police and ask for an incident number. Again, please also take photos or record a video of what you have seen. Please contact us to let us know too. You can call us on 0114 263 4335.
Felling of trees or hedgerows with active birds nests or protected species present is a wildlife crime. For more information about this issue, click here.
We will act on any reports we receive about potential wildlife crime and work with South Yorkshire Police’s Wildlife Crime Unit to ensure any identified issues are appropriately followed up. You can contact us by calling 0114 263 4335 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d prefer to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or alternatively send them a report via their online form.
If you want to report a dead or injured bird or prey, or wish to highlight a nesting bird of prey you have found, click the following link for contact details of the Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group.