Undercover investigators are to be used on the Isle of Wight to track down those carrying out wildlife crime.
The League Against Cruel Sports is investing a £1m to launch a campaign which will focus on the Isle of Wight and other known hotspots across the country.
The campaign group's Chief Executive, Joe Duckworth, told Isle of Wight Radio that they have evidence of a problem on the Island: "We get our intelligance from a range of sources, but we do have a wildlife crimewatch number to ring. But we do know that on the Isle of Wight, illegal wildlife crime goes on and we are determined to catch it this season."
It comes as Queen guitarist and wildlife campaigner Brian May visits the Island as part of an Isle of Wight Wildlife Day being held from 10am-7pm on Saturday 22nd September at the Riverside Centre, Newport.
Now in its seventh year, the free event has a line up of speakers including: the legendary Queen Guitarist and founder of Save Me, Brian May; Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports to chair the event; Dave Williams, Chairman of The Badger Trust; Mark Jones, Veterinarian Executive Director, Humane Society International; IOW Bat Hospital; WSPA; RSPCA and the British Marine Divers Rescue.
The event will also host a number of stalls and demonstrations, animal face painting will be available, competitions and the chance to see bats and hedgehogs.