Wildlife Crime Ireland aims:

  • Basic information on wildlife crime
  • PAW Ireland involvement
  • Advice on Recognising & Recording a wildlife crime
  • Contact details for Reporting a wildlife crime

What is Wildlife Crime?

Wildlife crime is any act that contravenes current legislation governing the protection of wild animals and plants.

Any person who hunts kills, takes, or is in possession of a protected wild animal, wild bird or a specimen of protected wild flora otherwise than under and in accordance with a licence shall be guilty of an offence.


Restrictions on Cutting Hedgerows

Under the terms of the Wildlife Act, roadside hedge-cutting to destroy vegetation is NOT permitted on uncultivated land between the 1st of March and the 31st of August each year. 

It prohibits;

  • Cutting
  • Grubbing (Grubbing or clearing denotes the removal of trees, shrubs, stumps)
  • Burning
  • Destruction of vegetation

The law aims to protect and maintain wildlife diversity by establishing areas where birds, in particular, can thrive during nesting season.

There are exceptions to the legislation such as works undertaken in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry, for public health and safety reasons – including road safety – the destruction of noxious weeds and the development of sites for building works.


Wildlife Crime – A Terrifying Tale


Have you found injured wildlife?

Visit the Irish Wildlife Matters website for easy to follow information if you find an injured wild animal. It is mainly in the animal’s best interest to transfer it to an appropriately trained and equipped individual/organisation as soon as possible.
Before attempting to capture a wildlife casualty:

  • Observe, assess, discuss, then decide whether intervention is appropriate
  • All wild animals can potentially transmit disease and inflict serious injuries.
  • Remember, your own safety is of paramount importance.


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