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Investigating wild bird crime

Despite legal protection, offences against wild birds continue. The RSPB works with other groups and organisations to investigate crimes and bring offenders to justice. Here we highlight our role and the main law enforcement organisations.

Our role

Despite legal protection, offences against wild birds continue and every year the RSPB receives over 500 reports of wild bird crime, with many more incidents reported to the police and other agencies. More...

Our role

Wildlife Crime Officers (WCOs)

The RSPB's Investigations Section was instrumental in the creation of the police WCO network. Since then the network has gone from strength to strength. More...

Wildlife Crime Officers (WCOs)

How to report crimes against wild birds

Advice on what to do if you witness a bird crime or suspected offence against birds, who to contact and what details to record. More...

How to report crimes against wild birds

Eurogroup Against Bird Crime

The Eurogroup Against Bird Crime (EABC) is a conservation network, consisting primarily of representatives from European bird protection societies. More...

Eurogroup Against Bird Crime

UK Border Agency

Customs officers may work with the police or organisations like the RSPB in investigating cases involving specimens which have been unlawfully imported or illegally sold. More...

UK Border Agency