The first ever all-Wales Wildlife and Rural Crime Coordinator has outlined his priorities today after being appointed to the position. The role is the first of its kind in the UK.

The coordinator post has been created by the Welsh government, along with Wales’ police forces, to strengthen the response to Wildlife and Rural Crime across the country.

Rob Taylor, who was responsible for establishing the current North Wales Police Rural Crime Team, brings a vast amount of experience to the role, in particular in regards to wildlife law and investigations including the horrific chainsaw attack on the Ospreys nesting platform at Llyn Brenig in May.

The new post is important in coordinating the wildlife and rural work of the police and key partner agencies to reduce crime and its impact on rural communities across Wales.

Livestock offences, raptor persecution, fly-tipping as well as farm machine, vehicle and fuel theft are some of the main areas the coordinator will be tackling.

The Welsh government is currently working with the UK government to give new powers to the police to provide greater protection to livestock from dangerous and out of control dogs through the Kept Animals Bill.

Rob Taylor has been pivotal in providing advice in this matter.

The coordinator will also lead on Wales’ first Wildlife and Rural Crime Strategy and work with school officers to help children get a better understanding of what wildlife and rural crime is and how it affects communities.

All-Wales Wildlife and Rural Crime Coordinator, Rob Taylor said:

“Policing our countryside and protecting our wildlife is something that I am passionate about.

Wales has seen significant progress in regards to rural crime prevention, but we still have work to do in regards to offences such as livestock attacks and wildlife offences.

“I relish the opportunity I have been given and look forward to working closely with others and to making a positive difference here in Wales.”