The Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) is part of the Specialist Crime Operations Intelligence Development (SCOID) and is responsible for the enforcement of wildlife laws and the implementation of initiatives to prevent wildlife crime.
Who we are
The Wildlife unit is made up of a small team of specialist police and police staff who have been appointed for their expertise and experience in wildlife matters.
Poaching and Animal Poisoning
Certain species of wildlife are sometimes seen as pests that interfere with crops, farm animals and the breeding of game. It is possible to obtain a licence to control these creatures.
Protecting British Wildlife
What is CITES?
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments.
Wildlife crime in London
The London area is home to a wide range of wild species, many of which are protected in law. In Britain, the responsibility for enforcement of the laws protecting our wildlife rests with the police.
Birds, Wild Birds, Plants and the Law
All wild bird species, their eggs and nests are protected in law. It is also an offence to intentionally uproot any wild plant with the permission of the owner of the land where it grows.
Every month the Metropolitan Police seize between 30 and 40 prohibited dogs, the majority of which are pit bull type.