The Government takes all crime seriously and there are strong penalties in place for those found guilty of offences committed against wild plants and animals.
Where there is evidence to suggest that illegal activity is occurring, we encourage all relevant authorities to ensure that sufficiently robust action is taken. Enforcement of all offences, however, including those against wild plants, is an operational matter for the police.
Those found guilty of offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 already face strong sanctions, including an unlimited fine and imprisonment. We have no plans to alter these sanctions. Decisions on sentencing in individual cases are taken independently of Government.
There are currently no plans to review the relevant provisions of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.