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Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime

(PAW Ireland)

PAW Ireland Aims & Objectives

PAW Ireland brings together statutory agencies, non-statutory agencies and interested parties with the common goal of combating wildlife crime through publicity, education and campaigning.

PAW Ireland objectives - to;

raise awareness of wildlife legislation and the impacts of wildlife crime;

provide a forum to facilitate the exchange of information & expertise on wildlife enforcement;

help and advise on wildlife crime and regulatory issues;

raise the profile of wildlife crime within the judiciary & statutory agencies;

promote the use of forensic technologies to combat wildlife crime;

make sure wildlife crime is tackled effectively

Join PAW

Any organisation actively contributing to the PAW objectives can apply to become a member of PAW Ireland. To join, please email info.paw.ireland@gmail.com for a membership form.



PAW Ireland Sub Groups

PAW Ireland constists of a main steering group where each member organisation is represented and which meets 4-6 times per year.
There are also various sub groups who report to the steering group, which examine and action various components of wildlife crime according to their various specialities and expertise.

Sub Groups

Badger Sub-Group – which deals with crimes relating to badgers

Marine Sub-Group – which deals with issues relating to fish poaching and marine crimes

Poaching Sub-Group – which deal with issues relating to wild mammals including deer poaching, game-bird poaching and general poaching

Nesting Birds & Bats Sub-Group – which deal with issues relating to disturbance and destruction of bats, and breeding bird nests and associated crimes

Raptor Sub-Group – which deals with issues relating to birds of prey and raptor crimes

Publicity Sub-Group – which deals with publicity and raising awareness of wildlife crime & PAW

Conference and Training Sub-Group – which deals with education and outreach

Forensics Sub-Group – which deals with the investigation into and promotion of forensics in the investigation of wildlife crime as provided by The PAW UK Forensics Working Group











PAW International Groups

In addition to PAW Ireland, there are UK groups who aim to develop initiatives which are specifically tailored to meet their own country issues and concerns, particularly following the devolution of certain wildlife controls.