Using forensics in wildlife crime investigation
Guides to help enforcement officers and forensic laboratory scientists
Wildlife forensic science is a specialist branch of forensics. Its use in criminal investigations is therefore largely based on standard forensic best practice, although there are some particular differences that should be considered when attending a wildlife crime scene or performing laboratory analysis. The following guides have been prepared to help enforcement officers and forensic laboratory scientists, respectively.
- The PAW FWG has produced 'A guide to the use of specialist techniques in the investigation of wildlife crime', for wildlife law enforcers. Please download here.
- The Society for Wildlife Forensic Science (SWFS) has produced a document that describes the minimum standards and additional guidelines for wildlife forensic analysts in the sub disciplines of DNA and morphology. Please download here.
- A guide to laboratory techniques to determine species and origin of timber products. Please download here.
- Guidance document for the swabbing of animal bite marks and sampling from suspected offending animals. Please download here.
- Collection of entomology samples to assist in the investigation of wildlife crime. Please download here.
- Forensic entomology - Martin Hall, Amoret Whitaker and Cameron Richards. Please download here.
- Ranald Monro and Guy Shorrock chapter ‘Investigating Wildlife Crime’ in ‘BSAVA Manual of Wildlife Casualties’ 2016. Please download here.
- NEW: Handling suspected poisoned baits and victims video. A flowchart to assist with seizures is available on Police Knowledge Hub.
- NEW: Guidance on use of Soil/Vegetation in Wildlife Crime Investigation available on Police Knowledge Hub or contact FWG.