Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime

The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime UK (PAW UK) helps statutory and non-government organisations to work together to combat wildlife crime.

Role

The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime UK (PAW UK) helps statutory and non-government organisations to work together to combat wildlife crime.

PAW’s objectives are to:

  • raise awareness of wildlife legislation and the impacts of wildlife crime
  • help and advise on wildlife crime and regulatory issues
  • will make sure wildlife crime is tackled effectively

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What is wildlife crime

Wildlife crime includes offences like poaching, killing or disturbing protected species or damaging their breeding and resting places, and illegally trading in endangered species. It is one of the pressures that can push animal and plant species closer to extinction. Some wildlife crimes, such as badger-baiting and the illegal use of poisons and traps, can cause animals unnecessary pain and suffering.

Join PAW

Any organisation actively contributing to the PAW objectives can apply to become a member of PAW UK. To join, please fill out our membership form.

Our publications

You can access all our recent publications in one place.

Steering group

PAW UK’s steering group sets the objectives for tackling wildlife crime while the UK’s wildlife crime priorities are set every 2 years by the UK wildlife crime tasking and co-ordination group.

The current wildlife crime priorities are:

  • badger persecution
  • bat persecution
  • the illegal trade in CITES species
  • freshwater pearl mussels
  • poaching
  • raptor persecution

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

PAW Scotland, PAW Northern Ireland and PAW Cymru also look at wildlife crime problems in their own countries and at ways to tackle them.

Wildlife forensics

Tools to assist investigators with DNA identification and other forensic techniques can be found on the PAW forensics working group website.

Contact Kate.Ramsey@gmp.pnn.police.uk or Stephanie.Pendry@traffic.org.

Secretariat

The secretariat, provided by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs, gives administrative support to the steering group. It also arranges the bi-annual PAW engagement forum.

PAW Secretariat
Defra
Area 1D
Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London, SW1P 3JR

Contact details

paw.secretariat@defra.gsi.gov.uk