Natural England - Exotic animals

Exotic animals

Reporting sightings of exotic animals.

Natural England record evidence of exotic animals in England. Evidence reported by the general public is a valued contribution to an ongoing surveillance programme.

To report exotic mammal evidence please email details to If you would like to discuss the evidence with one of our advisory staff or send reports by post please contact us

Key details to include in reports:

  1. Type of animal (e.g. wild boar)
  2. Description of animal (e.g. colour, size, and any other identifying features)
  3. Type of evidence (e.g. visual, tracks or other indirect signs)
  4. Date observed
  5. Location (as precise as possible please)
  6. Number of animals observed, or inferred from signs
  7. Comments on behaviour or activity of animal
  8. Your contact details (in some cases we may wish to contact you to further discuss details of the evidence)

Natural England staff do not normally carry out site visits in relation to exotic species. but field enquiries may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Please note that any threat to human life should be reported to the police.

See data of exotics: (358kb)pdf document reported to us since 2001.