Report a wildlife crime

Before you fill in this form, please read our ‘How to report crimes’ page.

Please only complete this confidential form if you have witnessed, or are aware of the following:

• Crimes against birds of prey, owls or ravens – particularly shooting, trapping, poisoning or nest destruction
• Suspected wildlife poisoning offences where birds are victims or vulnerable (e.g. a poisoned bait placed in the countryside)
• A dead/injured bird of prey in suspicious circumstances
• Trapping/trading of birds taken illegally from the wild
• Taking/trading eggs and chicks of wild birds
• Offences against Schedule 1 birds

The more information you can provide, the more useful your report will be. If you have any photos to accompany your report, you can send them to us by emailing Please include enough detail in your email so we can match it to your original report.

Please note that as a small team, we have to prioritise crimes involving species/issues of greatest conservation concern, as listed above. Due to the high levels of correspondence we receive, if your matter doesn’t relate to the above, you may not receive a further reply.

Where you know or strongly believe there are active nests in hedges or trees that are being cut or removed, or if you believe a crime has been committed that is outside of our priorities stated above, please contact the police on 101. If you are calling from England, Scotland or Wales you may ask to speak to a dedicated Wildlife Crime Officer who has the authority to investigate and take further action if necessary.

If you need further advice call RSPB Wildlife Enquiries on 01767 693690 or email

Please correct the following errors:

Details of the incident

What was the incident related to?

Who saw the incident?

Has the incident already been reported to the police?

If your incident needs reporting urgently please contact the police on '101' where you can report crimes that have already taken place. If you have already done this, please provide any details of the officer you spoke with or any reference number you may have been provided with.

When did the incident occur?

If possible, please provide the exact date and time of the incident. If you do not know the date of the incident, or if it is ongoing, please provide any details you can e.g. 'during the last month' or 'every weekend'.

Where did the incident occur?

Please describe the exact location using information such as landmarks, road numbers, distances and directions. Imagine someone trying to find the place if they have never been to the area before. Please give the postcode and/or grid reference if you know them.

Description of the incident

Please describe exactly what happened, including as much relevant information as you can. Try to explain just what was seen or heard, rather than guessing what happened.

What species were involved? (If known)

Is there any evidence?

Is any physical evidence of the crime available? e.g. dead bird, suspected poison bait, illegal trap etc. Where is this evidence now? Have any photographs of the suspected crime scene been taken?

Who was responsible? (If known)

Please give a description and names or addresses if possible.

Please explain why you believe they are responsible

Are they a likely suspect or were they actually seen committing the crime?

Was there a vehicle involved?

If so please give as many details as you can (colour, vehicle type, registration, make and model).

Contact details

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