Wildlife Crime

birdBritish Transport Police has jurisdiction over 40,000 hectares of railway land, this includes numerous SSSI sites and over 16,000 miles of track throughout the UK. These generally undisturbed areas of land naturally create wildlife corridors for many species of birds, invertebrates and mammals.

Policing the railway nationally, British Transport Police has a dedicated team of officers who have completed specialist training to undertake work as Wildlife Crime Officers.  Our team,  based at strategic locations throughout the country, are able to investigate or advise colleagues on the law when any suspected breaches in wildlife crime legislation occur.

Examples of Wildlife Crime offences could include

- Killing, injuring, taking or disturbing any wild bird, this may include felling tree during the nesting season

- The Theft of Birds Eggs

- Killing, injuring, taking or disturbing  any UK Bat species

- Unlawfully trespassing and hunting on railway land

- Disturbing a Badgers Sett, Killing or Taking a Badger

- Unlawful trapping/snaring of wild animals

- Disturbance of habitat in relation to certain key species defined under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010

- (Great Crested Newts, Otters, Smooth Snakes, Sand Lizards, Natterjack Toads and UK Bats)


If you think a crime has occurred contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or wildlife-environment@btp.pnn.police.uk

- Don’t disturb the scene, touch or remove dead birds or animals

- Record as many details as possible- such as the time, date, descriptions of the persons involved, this can help with subsequent investigations

- If possible take photos or video record the scene

- Never put yourself at risk

Remember that some animals and birds can be legally shot or controlled. Do not interfere with legally set traps or snares.

Trees with nesting birds can also be felled under exceptional circumstances- such as a critical safety issue


B Division

S Sub Division          Pc 4999 Galbraith  London

E Sub Division          Pc 1433 Charnwick    Colchester


C Division

P Sub Division         Pc 7212 Collier        Manchester

M Sub Division        Pc 1043 Thornhill   Birmingham

G Sub Division         Pc 6136  Browne    Gloucester


D Division

Pc 0951 O’neill       Inverness



Natural England - https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/natural-england

National Wildlife Crime Unit - http://www.nwcu.police.uk/

Crime Stoppers - https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

RSPB - https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-to-report-crimes/



Contact Us

To report a crime or incident, call

0800 40 50 40

or text 61016

In an emergency call 999