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  Countryside crime on the increase
Updated 12 November 2001, 20.10
A rare baby golden eagle

Wildlife is now being targeted by criminals - with birds eggs top of the shopping list.

Stealing birds eggs, picking rare plants, disturbing wild animals and destroying habitats are all criminal offences.

Now a group of experts are meeting to decide how to tackle the problem.

Crimebusting experts

The aim of the meeting is to raise awareness of countryside crime and put a stop to it.

Top crimebusting and wildlife experts attending include those with special knowledge about badgers, bats, international endangered species and marine life.

Increase awareness


Rare birds eggs - it's a crime to steal eggs in the countryside
Over the last year North Wales police have investigated more than 300 incidents of wildlife crime.

Countryside Council for Wales Chief Executive Paul Loveluck said:

"By forming a strong network, sharing knowledge and expertise we hope to increase awareness of the damaging effects of wildlife crime and better detect it."

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