Neil Hughes is the Leicestershire Constabulary Wildlife Officer. He began working as a wildlife officer in 1991 and, following retirement, he has continued to work in this role as a Special Constable. The kinds of incidents he deals with can range from the use of illegal traps and pesticide or poisoning problems to offences on protected sites and endangered species. Crimes against wildlife also include deer and game poaching, badger baiting, egg collecting and the removal of wild plants from their natural habitat. He talks about past problems and also how souvenirs from holidays abroad may be contravening regulations.

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