Breaking

Campaign urging people to be responsible around coastal wildlife launched by RSPCA and Police

Operation Visualise - New lead for Cyber Crime Priority Delivery Group Makes Instant Impact

Derbyshire Man Sentenced for the Illegal Trade in Protected Species

Bat Conservation Trust outline threats to bats from 'Urban Exploring' trend

Peregrine falcons dead after killers smear pigeons with poison as bait at Shropshire beauty spot

Rathfriland man accused of 'baiting badgers' is jailed

NWCU are recruiting a new Investigative Support Officer for England & Wales

Police Scotland launch forth phase of year-long wildlife crime campaign focusing on Raptor Persecution

PAW Forensic Working Group launch new video guide - handling suspected poisoned baits & victims

Durham Police Operation targets Raptor Poisoning

Investigation launched after bird of prey found poisoned near Peterborough

New lead for Poaching Priority Delivery Group in England & Wales

Partners carry out warrant in East Dorset after bird of prey reportedly poisoned

Suspected peregrine falcon shooting in Gwynedd sparks joint police and RSPCA appeal

Operation to protect marine wildlife underway on Yorkshire Coast

Man cautioned for using Larsen Trap with live decoy pigeons

Operation EASTER ~ 24 years of stopping egg thieves and egg collectors

Kestrel shot and killed in Leeds as police launch appeal to find suspects

Northumbria Police appeal for information as satellite tagged hen harrier goes missing

Vacancy for chair of Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group – Chief Inspector or Superintendent Required


Home / 29TH UK WILDLIFE CRIME ENFORCERS CONFERENCE 2017

29TH UK WILDLIFE CRIME ENFORCERS CONFERENCE 2017

The 29th Annual Wildlife Crime Enforcers Conference took place between Friday 24th and Sunday 27th November 2017.

The annual conference is where law enforcers, statutory agencies and NGOs gather to hear the latest views, approaches, successes and challenges of combating wildlife crime in the UK.

The winners of the 2017 Wildlife Crime Awards have been announced at the 29th National Wildlife Crime Enforcer’s Conference. The awards celebrate the hard-working and dedicated law enforcers who have gone above and beyond to tackle illegal wildlife trade and wildlife crime in the UK.

© Guy Shorrock

The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Chief Inspector Martin Sims, head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit. His 30 years of commitment to tackling crime has culminated in thousands of pounds worth of illegally traded animals and their parts being uncovered, and many native species in the UK avoiding persecution. One of his biggest achievements and largest busts was preventing 14 peregrine falcon eggs, worth £70,000 from being illegal traded out of the UK.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) was awarded ‘Wildlife Crime Operation of the Year’ for their incredible work on ‘Operation Peregrine Watch’. Their innovative use of drones to monitor breeding sites has led to a 12% increase in peregrine nests in Northern Ireland.

The final award was presented to Sergeant Kevin Kelly of the North Yorkshire Police for ‘Wildlife Crime Enforcer of the Year’. He has been instrumental in transforming the way that wildlife crime is dealt with in the north and demonstrated how collaborative work with charities such as the RSPB can help to protect our native wildlife.

Sgt Jamie Bartlett from Hertfordshire Police also won a Lifetime Achievement award.