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Wildlife Crime and the Law

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Leek Wootton

Leek Wootton

CV35

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A one-day course giving participants

  • background to the laws protecting UK wildlife

  • the skills and confidence to identify a potential wildlife crime

  • the knowledge to identify potential evidence

Tutor: Craig Fellowes




The United Kingdom has some of the strongest wildlife legislation in the world and yet conviction rates remain controversially low. This is usually because crucial evidence is missing, or the parties involved did not have a clear understanding of the relevant legal frameworks. Using the principles of the three R’s this course will teach participants the key pieces of information needed in understanding and implementing wildlife law. Whether you work as an ecologist or as a conservationist, there is a high chance you will eventually be in a situation where you will either need to advise on the legal ramifications of certain courses of actions, or have to deal with the aftermath of a potentially criminal act having been committed.

The course will be split into sections;

RECOGNISE

What is wildlife crime? How to recognise when a wildlife crime is being committed. What are the laws that protect our species, what methods are used, how do people persecute our valuable resources. Learn about badger baiting, poisoning, trapping, and shooting birds, development that affects protected species, such as bats, trade in endangered species, and plant theft.

RECORD

On the identification of a potential wildlife crime having been, or being committed then it is vital that the evidence is recorded effectively. From simple note, to descriptions, to the recording of a vehicle registration.

REPORT

The next stage in the process is, how to report it. To do this effectively one needs to understand the process, and the processing of evidence from the initial call to the court case.

Raising awareness through education works, it helps prevent criminality, and therefore helps protect our wildlife.



About the tutor:

Craig Fellowes is a retired wildlife crime Officer from Warwickshire having served 32 years and now with 34 years experience dealing with wildlife crime. He dealt with his first wildlife crime in 1984 (a badger incident) and has dealt with a huge and wide ranging number of incidents since then.

Craig advises police forces all over the country along with a number of agencies, consultants, ecologists, trust, wardens and individuals. Since 1997 he has developed the national wildlife crime course for the police and continues to run that. Craig has delivered training to a number of non police bodies and groups in all areas of wildlife crime.



What to bring:

  • Lunch
  • Notebook



Directions

Exact location to be confirmed. Leek Wootton is just north of Warwick.



Feedback from previous courses

'Course location was amazing. Real life examples of the law in action and examples of how these laws are commonly broken. Relevance to the ecology consultation industry was great.'

'Quiz questions were useful application of what we'd learned (or needed to learn!)'

'Great interactive nature/learning and also the ability to ask questions throughout the session'


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