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Wildlife crime and rescue - who to contact

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London Wildlife Trust is unable to deal with incidents of wildlife crime and wildlife rescue

Unfortunately the Trust does not have the resources to take in injured animals or offer anything other than general advice about animal care and welfare. Any incidents of crime should always be directed to the Metropolitan Police.

On this page you can find more information about which people and organisations should be contacted instead.

Wildlife Crime

In Britain the responsibility for enforcement of the laws protecting our wildlife rests with the police. In London the division of the Metropolitan Police responsible for the enforcement of wildlife laws and the implementation of initiatives to prevent wildlife crime is the Wildlife Crime Unit. The small team consists of specialist police and police staff who have been appointed for their expertise and experience in wildlife matters.

The London area is home to a wide range of wild species, many of which are protected in law. Wildlife crime includes damage to habitat, poaching, trapping, shooting, hare coursing, badger persecution, theft of wild plants, bat roost destruction, poisoning, and the illegal trade in endangered species in medicine and taxidermy.

Incidents of wildlife crime can be reported to the Wildlife Crime Unit on 020 7230 8898 or at wildlife@met.police.uk

You can also report crime anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Wildlife Rescue

At London Wildlife Trust we are not able to deal with wildlife rescue issues. We don't have any hospital facilities, and are unable to help any wildlife brought to us.

If you find an ill or injured wild animal in London, we recommend you first take a look at the following, very helpful guide to see what you should do: Help Wildlife

If the animal does needs treatment, the following charities (based in and around the London area) may be able to help:

South Essex Wildlife Hospital, Orsett Road, Grays RM16 3BH
Tiggywinkles, Aston Road, Aylesbury HP17 8AF
The Fox Project, Broadwater Forest Wildlife Hospital, Fairview Lane, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9LU
The Wildlife Lodge, 8 Foxgrove Road, Bromley BR3 5AT (call 07983 708 497 or email info@thewildlifelodge.co.uk)
Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service, Trent Country Park, Enfield (call 0208 344 2785)

Alternatively, the RSPCA has a 24-hour emergency injured animal line to report cruelty or an animal in distress 0300 1234 999.