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.

Get in touch

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

To report a wildlife crime call the police on 101.

Then contact RSPB Investigations on 01767 680551 or via the form below.

If you have information about bird of prey crime that you would like to share in confidence, call the Raptor Crime Hotline on 0300 999 0101.

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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