Wild bird crime
Below are some of the most common types of wild bird crime reported to the RSPB Investigations team, plus a link to our latest Birdcrime 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.
The Raptor Persecution Map Hub
This is the most complete, centralised set of known confirmed raptor persecution incidents in the UK. Use it to quickly and easily see where crimes have taken place and find out more about them.
Although best viewed on desktop, but If you're on a mobile or tablet device you can view the map here.
In this section
Shooting and destruction
The illegal shooting, trapping and destruction of birds of prey is a continuing problem, even today.
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.
The taking of eggs or chicks has, historically, contributed to the decline of many bird species.
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.
Stop the killing
Poisoned, shot and trapped to die: birds of prey continue to face merciless persecution. Over 550 such incidents were recorded between 2012 and 2017 – and we know this is only a fraction of the total suspected crimes. Become a Bird of Defender and save our raptors.