Last night (22/1), the wildlife officer for Aylesbury, PC Dean Kingham, led a deer poaching operation using low light equipment.
The operation came after the England and Wales Poaching Priority Delivery Group launched a national campaign titled Project Trespass on the 1 October 2013.
The aim of Project Trespass is to coordinate a response to poaching across England and Wales through:
Prevention: offering best advice to farmers, landowners, gamekeepers, shooting and land management organisations regarding measures to put in place to prevent poaching and disruption mechanisms
Intelligence: to allow the police to target offenders
Enforcement: with good intelligence the police can target poachers through the various rural and poaching based operations run throughout England and Wales
Reassurance: by working together and by publicising resulting actions such as activity, arrests, seizures and convictions.
(Above taken from the National Wildlife Crime Unit website)
Anyone who sees anything which might suggest hare coursing or poaching is happening in the area should report it to police via the 101 number or 999 if the crime is in progress.
Here is what you should look out for:
- Groups of vehicles parked up in a rural area, perhaps to a gateway to farmland, bridle paths, farm tracks or grass verges.
- There will usually be estate cars, 4x4s or vans. They may have evidence of dogs inside like muddy paw prints or dog hairs.
- Hare coursers often travel in convoy with transit vans at the front and rear and the cars in between
- Lights or torches at night in wooded areas or across fields could be a sign of someone illegally hunting
Earlier in the day, PSCOs continued to visit houses and farms in the Wing area to give out security information and sign residents up to the Thames Valley Alert messaging service. They also went along to the Community Hub at Ivinghoe. In total 250 houses and 11 farms were visited in Wing and 72 people signed up to Alerts.