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Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981(546A/23)


  1. In the calendar years A) 2020, B) 2021 and C) 2022, please
    tell me how many times your police force recorded the crime codes 190/00 wild birds under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 or other codes 108/00, 108/01, 108/02, 108/14, 108/29, 108/34 and 97/01 where the free-text field indicates that the animal in question was a) a swan, b) a goose or c) a duck.

Please provide a breakdown of the total by year and by type of bird.

  1. For the 15 most recently recorded crimes captured by question 1’s search, please provide me with a verbatim copy of the “investigation summary field” and/or the modus operandi (MO). In addition, please state where each of the 15 crimes occurred. I understand some information may need to be redacted to prevent personal or otherwise sensitive details being divulged.


Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

We have searched our records and 0 offences were committed in relation to a swan, goose or duck.