Buzzard in a field of wheat, Bedfordshire

Wildlife and the law

Find out how wild birds and their eggs and nests are protected by the law and where you can go to find out more detailed information.

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Hen harrier Circus cyaneus, female in flight against blue sky, Geltsdale, Cumbria

Raptor crime hotline

Is someone you know killing birds of prey? Have you any information about the shooting, trapping, poisoning or disturbance of birds of prey? You can call the RSPB in complete confidence on our hotline.

Wild bird crime

Wildlife crime. Egg collection, siezed from a collector in Grimsby, Lincolnshire in 2006. 7,700 eggs in total.

Download our bird crime report, as well as finding out more about poisoning, egg collecting and nest robbery.

Working with the law

Buzzard Buteo buteo, in field of winter wheat, Bedfordshire, England

This section explains more about how the RSPB works with the law and has influenced decisions.

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Report a wildlife crime

Use our online form to report wildlife crimes that you have witnessed or heard about from someone else. The more information you can provide, the more useful your report will be.


Offences against wild bird legislation in 2014. PDF, 1.8Mb

Birdcrime 2014

Offences against wild bird legislation in 2013. PDF, 1.6Mb

Birdcrime 2013

A plain guide to bird protection today listing species on Schedules 1 and 9. PDF, 480Kb

Wild birds and the law - A plain guide to bird protection today

A plain guide to bird protection in Scotland. PDF, 572Kb

Wild Birds and The Law: Scotland
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