Wild bird crime

What is 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.

Birdcrime 2019

Bird of prey are being illegally killed all over the UK. And during lockdown, things seem to be getting worse.

Birdcrime 2018

Arthur the hen harrier

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.

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.