Hare Coursing is illegal.
Thames Valley Police have recently issued the following press release:
It is the time of year when hare coursers and poachers are about, so please be aware and report any suspicious activity to police via the 101 number straight away. Suspicious activity could be any of the following:
Groups of vehicles parked up in a rural area, perhaps to a gateway to farmland, bridle paths, farm tracks or grass verges.
There will usually be estate cars, 4x4s or vans. They may have evidence of dogs inside like muddy paw prints or dog hairs.
Hare coursers often travel in convoy with transit vans at the front and rear and the cars in between
Lights or torches at night in wooded areas or across fields could be a sign of someone illegally hunting
If you think you see hare coursing or poaching going on there and then, this could be a crime in progress so you can call 999. Listen to our podcast to hear more about wildlife crime and our wildlife officers (who have a very interesting aspect to their job!)