Natural England - Suspected wildlife poisoning

Suspected wildlife poisoning

How to report incidents of suspected poisoning and how incidents are investigated by the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme.

Reporting an incident

To report the suspected poisoning of wildlife or pets call:
FREEPHONE 0800 321 600

See The Campaign Against Accidental or Illegal Poisoningexternal link (CAIP) webpages for advice on what to look out for, and to do if you suspect illegal poisoning.

About Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS)

In the United Kingdom, the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) makes enquiries into death or injury of wildlife, including beneficial invertebrates and some pets, where there is strong evidence that pesticide poisoning may be implicated.

The Scheme provides a unique means of post-registration surveillance of pesticide use, so that product approvals can be revised if necessary. In addition, it provides a measure of the success of the pesticide registration process, and helps in the verification and improvement of the risk assessments made in this process.

Evidence from the Scheme may also be used to enforce legislation on the use of pesticides and the protection of humans, food, the environment and animals.
Information and advice on reporting an incident is available from FERA's Wildlife Incident Unitexternal link

More information about WIIS and the Campaign Against Accidental or Illegal Poisoningexternal link (CAIP) is available from the Chemicals Regulation Directorateexternal link (Health & Safety Executive).

WIIS Publications

Every year, the results of the enquiries made under the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme are reported in a publication called 'Pesticide Poisoning of Animals - Investigations of Suspected Incidents in the United Kingdom'. Reports from 1998 to dateexternal link are available.

Advisory Leaflets

TitleRef No
Incidents involving pesticides and animalsWIIS-booklet: (360kb)pdf document
Rat poison and the threat to wildlifeRat poison & wildlife: (850kb)pdf document
Controlling pests in the countryside a best practice guideCAIP BPGexternal link