Wildlife and crime

Dear all,

In gardens, trees and hedges near you wild birds are nesting and laying eggs, and Waltham Forest police are reminding the public to respect wild birds and their nests over spring and summer. In spring 2015 police have already received reports of birds’ nests being disturbed in some parts of the borough, and over the course of the next few months the number of reports is likely to increase.

In England and Wales all wild birds, their nests and eggs are protected by law. If you intentionally kill, injure or cage a wild bird, or damage or destroy a nest or the eggs in it, you could be sent to prison for up to six months.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has a useful summary of the law on its website at the following link:

For help or advice, or to report an offence against wild birds, plants or animals in Waltham Forest, contact the borough Wildlife Crime Officer:


PCSO 7233 Dominic Mealey
Markhouse Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email – JC-SNMarkhouse@met.pnn.police.uk
Tel – 020 8721 2649


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