Reporting Wildlife Crime UK

What to do if you witness wildlife crime

If you suspect a wildlife crime is/has taken place you should:


Report any suspicious activity as soon as possible to Police Scotland on 101 or 999 and ask to speak to a Wildlife Crime Officer if one is available.

Take a note of the date, time and weather conditions.

If possible, identify a map reference or ideally a GPS reading of both the incident scene and location from where you witnessed the incident.

Note a description of person/s involved including gender, age, height, clothing etc.

Write down any vehicle registration numbers, make, model, and colour that may be involved.

Identify other witnesses and obtain their name and contact details.

If possible, video or photograph the scene, or make a rough sketch.

Cover up any suspected poisoned baits or victims to prevent any animal / person coming into contact with them.

Do report. Even if you are not sure – report the incident. The evidence of wildlife crime is not always obvious.


Do not disturb the scene by moving items or walking about unnecessarily.

Do not touch dead animals or birds, especially if you suspect that poison may have been used.

Do not interfere with legal countryside practices such as the legal use of traps and snares, hides, high seats and shooting butts.


Never approach suspects or intervene if you suspect someone is committing a wildlife crime – you may put yourself in danger.

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