5 November 2001
Welsh to meet on wildlife crime

By FWi staff

COUNTRYSIDE campaigners and the police in Wales are tackling the problem of wildlife crime by organising a conference on the issue.

The conference, the first of its kind in Wales, will take place in Llandudno next Monday and Tuesday (12-13 November).

It has been organised to consider offences such as stealing birds eggs, picking rare plants, disturbing wild animals and destroying wildlife habitats.

Sergeant Pete Charleston from North Wales Police said he hoped to increase awareness and detection of the damaging effects of wildlife crime.

“This will make a significant contribution towards conserving and enhancing the rich wildlife and habitats of Wales,” he said.

More than 150 representatives from police forces, local authorities, government agencies and voluntary organisations are expected to attend.