Our mission is to Protect Nature.
One of NPWS’s key strategic goals is to safeguard nature and help prevent wildlife crime.
What to do if you suspect or witness a wildlife crime
If you suspect that a wildlife crime is/has taken place;
- Report any suspicious illegal activity as soon as possible to An Garda Síochána or dial 999/112 if it is an emergency or anyone is in immediate danger
- Contact your nearest NPWS Conservation Ranger, or make a report to NPWS by email on WildlifeEnforcement@npws.gov.ie
In your report do provide as much details as possible such as:
- the nature, duration and impact of the incident
- the date, time and weather conditions of the incident if known
- If possible, identify a map reference of both the incident scene and location from where you witnessed the incident
- Provide any relevant photographs or video imagery, if available
- Provide any other particulars that may be of use to NPWS in its investigations
- Do not disturb the scene by moving items or walking about unnecessarily
- Do not touch dead animals or birds, especially if you suspect that poison may have been used
When you contact us about a suspected breach of wildlife legislation or wildlife crime incident, you will be asked to give your name and contact details. These are considered “personal data” under the Data Protection Acts and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This means that your personal details will not be made available in any publicly accessible form or published.