Wild bird crime

Crimes against birds of prey - also known as raptor persecution - usually involve shooting, trapping and poisoning

What is bird crime?

Raptor persecution is the shooting, trapping and poisoning of birds of prey. All wild birds are protected by law, yet buzzards, red kites, peregrines and other iconic species continue to be killed, often in connection with land managed for gamebird shooting. For rare hen harriers, this is having a devastating effect on their entire UK population. In a nature and climate crisis, this cannot go on.

Arthur the hen harrier

Our previous reports

Produced by the RSPB's Investigations Unit, Birdcrime is the only comprehensive guide to known offences against birds of prey in the UK. You can read previous years' reports here.

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A close up of someone being arrested for wild bird crime

Report a crime

You play a vital role in helping end raptor persecution and bring those responsible to justice. Many investigations begin thanks to a phonecall or email from a diligent member of the public, like you, reporting a potential crime.

Stop the killing

The RSPB employs a dedicated Investigations team, who work day and night gathering evidence and assisting with police investigations. Your support is vital. If you as outraged as we are about raptor persecution, help us combat it by making a donation to the team.