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Wildlife Crime

What it is

Wildlife crime includes buying, selling, harming or disturbing wild animals or plants that are protected by law.

Wildlife crimes can include:

  • animal cruelty
  • poaching or coursing
  • trading in protected species or products
  • killing or capturing a protected animal
  • damaging or destroying the habitat of a protected animal
  • taking protected plants
  • disturbing or killing wild birds or taking their eggs

How to report wildlife crime

Wildlife crime is not a matter that Dover District Council can deal with, unless it is related to a DDC Planning Enforcement matter .

If you witness a suspected wildlife crime, you should report it to the police - do not take action yourself. Many police forces have special wildlife crime officers.

You should:

  • call 999 to report a suspected wildlife crime taking place
  • call 101 for non-emergencies - you’ll be put in touch with Kent Police

You can also report a wildlife crime online.