Experts share valuable information on Wildlife Day
|Published: 21st May 2009 08:11|
Various local partner agencies including the National Trust, Crown Estates, The Forestry Commission, Quantock and Exmoor Rangers along with local Neighbourhood Police Officers from across the Exmoor and Quantock area attended a training day at Halsway Manor near Crowcombe on the 6th May 2009.
The event that was organised by Sergeant Andy Whysall of the Exmoor Safer Stronger Neighbourhood Policing Team along with Tim Russell from the Quantock Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The purpose of the day was to allow those people who work on Exmoor and the Quantocks to be given the necessary tools and skills to deal with wildlife situations that they may encounter during their working day. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation gave an input on traps and snares, while Natural England gave advice on what to do when dealing with poisoned animals. There were also presentations from the National Wildlife Crime Unit, the Hawk and Owl Trust and Chief Inspector Georgiou of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
Segeant Whysall said" It was an excellent day that was enjoyed by all those that attended. It was important for us all to get together and to establish good working relationships in order to be able to deal with the issues and concerns of the local communities in relation to wildlife crime and conservation"
"I would like to thank Natural England, The National Wildlife Crime Unit, The Hawk and Owl Trust and The British Association for Shooting and Conservation who came along and gave a presentation."
Tim Russell from the Quantock Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty said ""This Wildlife Crime Awareness Day proved to be particularly useful to Police Officers, Rangers and other countryside partners. It was a great opportunity to have experts relay their knowledge and experience in this field and to be kept up to date with legislation relating to wildlife crime."