Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime NI (PAW NI) brings together statutory, non-statutory agencies & interested parties with the common goal of combating wildlife crime through publicity, education and campaigning.
PAW NI takes a lead in considering strategic issues concerned with combating wildlife;
Members link with the PSNI Wildlife Liaison Officer and other key enforcement agencies;
A forum to facilitate the exchange of information, expertise on wildlife enforcement between all the members involved;
Working to increase public awareness of key issues associated with combating wildlife crime;
Raising the profile of wildlife crime within the judiciary & statutory agencies;
Promoting and encourage the use of and research into forensic technologies.
PAW NI is a member of PAW UK
PAW Goes International!! - PAW Ireland is launched
A new PAW style group has been launched in Republic of Ireland mirroring that found in the UK. Speaking at the virtual launch of PAW Ireland, Paul Gallagher, Secretary of PAW Ireland said: “PAW Ireland is a positive move. It’s the creation of a forum of organisations uniting and working together to tackle wildlife crime in Ireland. A crime against nature is a crime; the Wildlife Crime Reporting app will help facilitate reporting of suspicious activities. PAW Ireland is here to support the Irish authorities to tackle the problem of wildlife crime. We are in the early stages of this initiative and would love to hear from any groups who would like to join PAW Ireland” You can learn more about PAW Ireland here.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland and PAW Ireland - Wildlife Conference 2020 - Crimes against Wildlife, & Mitigation for Wildlife Protection - 25 & 26 October 2020. Nco Mess, East Curragh Camp, Kildare, Ireland
Human activity, deliberate or otherwise, continues to have a negative impact on Ireland's environment and wildlife; the aim of this conference is to identify some of the threats, problems, and solutions to resolve this. See here for details. COVID-19 CONTINGENCY PLAN - WRI plan to deliver this conference on-site in the Curragh Camp, Kildare. However, should Covid-19 prohibit the event from being held on-site we will be delivering the conference online.
PAW NI note high levels of nest disturbance by wildlife photographers in Northern Ireland during lockdown. Whether its people with more time on their hands to take and upload photos or a very pleasant warm Spring we have seen loads of lovely wildlife images online. However an alarming number of these have been taken very close to nest structures potentially causing disturbance. We would remind you that all nesting birds are protected under the terms of the Wildlife (NI) Order 1985. Planned or prolonged visits to nest sites must have an appropriate wildlife licence from the NIEA. Nest locations should not be shared or published online. Time spent at nest sites should be a minimum even under licence. PAW will be addressing this problem in time for next season in the meantime NIEA guidance can be found here.
The Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019 -In line with Defra, and the other devolved administrations, the Department has introduced new domestic legislation to fulfil its obligations under the EU Regulation. The Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019(external link opens in a new window / tab) makes provision for criminal offences relating to breaches of requirements of the EU Regulation. The Order comes into operation on 1st December 2019.
Drone and Model Aircraft Registration - Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced mandatory Drone and Model Aircraft registration from 30 November 2019. More details here
PAW NI Bird of Prey Subgroup's HAWK EYES Project goes live!
PAW NI has launched a new project involving satellite tracking devices on birds of prey and surveillance cameras at nest sites to target the illegal persecution of red kites, buzzards and peregrine falcons. This project is being launched in conjunction with PAW NI’s “10 Years of Persecution” Report which shows the scale of raptor persecution over the last 10 years and shows that birds of prey continue to be at risk in Northern Ireland. Visit the Hawk Eyes website for full details and see the movements of a few of the birds across the country. Hawk Eyes was kindly supported by Department of Justice (DoJ) Assets Recovery Community Scheme (ARCS) funding.
PAW NI Birds of Prey Subgroup launches 10 year Raptor Persecution Report 2009-18 revelling there were 72 incidents of confirmed raptor persecution across Northern Ireland, resulting in the death or injury of 66 birds of prey and the destruction of two active nest sites. The report is available here on the reports section of the website.
‘Undisturbed’- NWCU launches campaign to educate wildlife photographers and drone pilots
The affordability of modern digital camera technology has produced an ever-growing interest in capturing photographs of wildlife. A number of leading UK wildlife photographers and charitable organisations have now expressed concern at the amount of wildlife disturbance being caused by prospective photographers seeking natural history subjects. Unlicensed disturbance of mammals and birds may result in a conviction under wildlife or marine legislation attracting sentences up to £5,000 fine or 6 month’s imprisonment. Tweeting under the handle @ukwildlifecrime the NWCU have a summer of messages to help spread the word. PAW NI have recently linked this website to the NIEA's guidance for photographers here.
PAW STEERING GROUP MINUTES
Animal Welfare -
The Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011 is enforced by three bodies, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Councils and the PSNI.
DAERA is responsible for farmed animals (any animal bred or kept for the production of food, wool or skin or for other farming purposes). The Department also licenses riding establishments, boarding kennels, pet shops and zoos. Tel: 0300 200 7840
Councils are responsible for enforcement in respect of non-farmed animals i.e. domestic pets and equines (e.g. horses and donkeys etc). For all domestic (pet) animal welfare enquires please contact your local council - numbers and email addresses are linked here.
The PSNI are responsible for wildlife crime, animal fighting and incidents involving wild animals such as badger baiting, poisoning of birds and trapping wildlife illegally. Tel: 101 or see above.