Wild bird crime
There is information about crimes in 2015, some case studies and prosecutions. A new interactive Raptor Persecution Map will help you find more detail. We would welcome feedback on our new report.
The RSPB's Birdcrime report summarises offences against wild bird legislation which are reported to the RSPB each year. It is the only centralised source of incident data for UK wild bird crime.
In this section
Shooting and destruction
In 2015, the RSPB recorded 196 reports of shooting, trapping and destruction of birds of prey.
Poisoning wild birds
The laying of any poisoned bait in the open is illegal, whether it's laid to kill a bird of prey or for a fox or magpie.
In 2015 the RSPB received 17 reports of egg collecting and egg thefts, and 12 reports of eggs being sold illegally.
Breeding and keeping finches is a lawful pursuit, provided the birds are legally held.
Golden eagle persecution
Research shows a strong association between poisoning of golden eagles and land for driven grouse shooting.
The peregrine is a targeted bird, prized by egg collectors and illegal falconers.
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