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For over 100 years, we have been campaigning on behalf of the magnificent birds of prey in the UK. So much good work has already been done. However, persecution is still causing the deaths of hundreds of birds of prey every year, despite the fact it is illegal and has been for decades.

In 2011 we received 100 reports of poisoning or use of poison bait  – we must not allow all our efforts to be in vain. Our campaign is calling for an end to this unacceptable cruelty once and for all.

Why are we campaigning for birds of prey?

The killing has to stop

Killing birds of prey was made illegal fifty years ago, but a callous few are choosing to ignore the law. We need your help to finally stop the cruel and unacceptable killing of these magnificent birds. More...

The killing has to stop

Under threat

Find out more about some of the magnificent birds of prey we are fighting to protect.

  • Hen harrier

    Hen harrier

  • White-tailed eagle

    White-tailed eagle

  • Red kite

    Red kite

  • Peregrine

    Peregrine

  • Goshawk

    Goshawk

  • Golden eagle

    Golden eagle

Latest news

The latest news about our work to protect birds of prey.

Gamekeeper guilty of bird of prey crime

A Derbyshire gamekeeper has been found guilty of attempting to illegally trap and kill birds of prey. More...

Gamekeeper guilty of bird of prey crime

Historic conviction of gamekeeper for possession of a dead red kite

A gamekeeper has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of possessing a dead red kite More...

Historic conviction of gamekeeper for possession of a dead red kite

Welsh hen harriers hold their own against a significant decline across the UK

The newly released results of the 2010 hen harrier survey has revealed a substantial increase in the Welsh hen harriers population within the last six years, rising from 43 pairs in 2004 to 57 last year. More...

Welsh hen harriers hold their own against a significant decline across the UK

200,000 say: Stop killing birds of prey!

Wildlife Minister Huw Irranca Davies has today accepted a petition signed by more than 200,000 people demanding an end to the killing of birds of prey. More...

200,000 say: Stop killing birds of prey!

Donate now

Persecution is still causing the deaths of hundreds of birds of prey every year. A donation to our appeal will help us put these awe-inspiring birds back in the skies where they belong.

Donate now

Watch the big hand in

In 2010, Wildlife Minister Huw Irranca Davies accepted a petition signed by more than 200,000 people demanding an end to the killing of birds of prey. Thank you for all your support! Watch some 70 volunteers and staff create a giant bird of prey mosaic to mark the occasion.

What makes them special?

A lasting impression

From the speed and power of a peregrine falcon and the manoeverability and grace of a red kite, to the majesty of an eagle soaring over a dramatic upland landscape, an encounter with a bird of prey will leave a lasting impression. More...

A lasting impression

Downloads

Birds of prey in the UK: On a wing and a prayer

Birds of prey in the UK: On a wing and a prayer

1.91Mb, PDF

Birds of prey in the UK: on a wing and a prayer has been produced collaboratively by 26 organisations. It highlights the value and importance of birds of prey in the UK and the conservation success story they represent.

Date: 18 April 2011

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Mark Thomas

It is totally demoralising seeing fantastic birds like red kites and peregrines poisoned and shot to death, but it is important to remain focused to gather the necessary evidence to bring the killers to justice. There can be no better job satisfaction than that, and I celebrate quietly inside when I see these birds alive in the wild.

Mark Thomas, Senior Investigations Officer