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Covert Investigations

Do you suspect someone is involved in the illegal persecution of badgers?

If so, please contact, in confidence, our Animal Crime Manager, Andy Swinburne:

Complete the Wildlife Crime Reporting form found here and email it to, or telephone 07392 185 373.

If you witness a badger crime taking place please report this to the police by dialling 999, or if reporting after the event dial 101. In each case, please obtain a police incident number.

What do we do with your information?

  1. When you contact our Animal Crime Manager about someone you suspect is involved in badger crime, strict confidentiality protocols and our high-security email system ensure your identity is safe, and any perceived risks are managed. Your privacy is paramount.
  2. Our Covert Investigation Officer, whose identity is confidential for security reasons, investigates your information to uncover any additional evidence. They then send what they've uncovered to our Animal Crime Manager who formulates the findings into information packs using a police-friendly format.
  3. Our Animal Crime Manager disseminates the information packs to different law enforcement agencies, to ensure the information reaches the right people.
  4. Law enforcement agencies then use the information to initiate further investigations, gather intelligence, or take enforcement action, which is the outcome we’re aiming for. Our guide to help police forces prosecute cases of badger crime is invaluable in achieving this goal.

So far, not only have we uncovered information of badger baiting, snaring, poisoning and sett interference, but also other forms of serious crime, including illegal firearms, possession and sale of drugs, dogfighting and fox hunting. We’ve also exposed the sale of puppies abroad to be trained for badger baiting.

Due to ongoing investigations, we’re unable to expand upon these cases.

None of this potentially life-saving information would have been uncovered had it not been for people coming forward with crucial leads about suspected badger baiters.  If you know anything at all, however small, please contact our Animal Crime Manager.

We have the means and expertise to investigate your leads; we just need you to be our eyes and ears.

Be a #Hero4Badgers