Reptiles are classed as the ‘diamonds’ of the illegal wildlife trade as they are relatively easy to smuggle and some rare species can be worth thousands on the black market. Around 17 million reptiles and 100 million amphibians are harvested from the wild, mostly from Indonesia and Malaysia to the EU, Singapore and Japan […]
Scroll over the grey boxes on the infographic to reveal statistics on the illegal wildlife trade in the UK. This interactive map of the UK shows a number of cases involving the illegal trade of birds of prey, theft of plants and illegal fishing of freshwater pearl mussels. These are only a small […]
The Great British illegal wildlife trade is an investigation into the black market trade of wildlife here in the UK.
The legal plant trade is valued at 9 billion a year. There are 30,000 plants listed on CITES, the majority of these are orchids, in comparison to only 5,000 animals. A cutting of the lady’s slipper orchid which is native to Britain is estimated to be worth £5,000 on the black market. But it […]
Wildlife DNA forensics dates back to the 1980s but only in recent years has its full potential been recognised. The illegal wildlife trade has been put firmly on the political agenda due to a growing concern over the loss of our biodiversity. This has led to a heightened demand for more wildlife DNA forensic […]
The rhino and elephant are two species targeted by the illegal wildlife trade and stripped to a valuable commodity. The peregrine falcon, lady’s slipper orchid and freshwater pearl mussel here in the UK are also targeted for this black market trade. Located amongst 30 acres of landscaped grounds and unkempt woodland, Ashorne Hill Conference […]
Bournemouth based charity Dorset Mind has responded to the waiting time targets for mental health care announced by Nick Clegg. The party leader put treatment of mental illness at the centre of his mainstream party policy programme, and even at the heart of his annual party conference speech. The proposal promises an extra £120m of […]