Habitat & species advice

We hope this advice directory will provide you with many of the answers you need. But if you need further advice, please feel free to phone a member of the team on 01473 890089 or email info@suffolkwildlifetrust.org

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Animal rescue

If you have an injured animal or bird please call:

0300 1234999

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary:
01449 711425

National Bat Helpline:
0845 130 0228

Suffolk Bee Keepers:
01473 420187

In case of honey bee swarm

If you are concerned about a wildlife crime, you can:

Call 999 if the crime is in progress.

For non-urgent suspected wildlife crime telephone 101.

If you are unsure if what you are witnessing or have witnessed is a wildlife crime visit the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit. They have a comprehensive list of what is wildlife crime in the UK.

What should I do if I witness or suspect a crime against wildlife?

If you witness a crime against wildlife it is important that you do not confront the suspects or try to intervene in any way. Similarly it is essential that you do not to disturb the scene of the crime. You could inadvertently destroy vital evidence needed for a successful prosecution. You may also put your own health at risk as sadly illegal poisons, traps and snares are still used by wildlife criminals today.

If you find or witness anything suspicious then it is important to report it to the police. A crime against wildlife is not always obvious and may require specialist attention to uncover the truth.

If possible try to record as many details as you can about the event:

• Date
• Time
• Location (GPS grid reference is the most accurate)
• Weather Conditions
• Details about the suspect: gender, age, appearance, etc
• Details of any vehicles: model, colour, registration number plate, etc
• Details of the crime in a chronological order

If the use of poison is obvious, such as poisoned bait or the presence of dead animals, where possible try to place a cover over these without risking your own health. This will help prevent further casualties whilst disturbing the crime scene as little as possible.