Investigating wild bird crime
The RSPB works alongside other groups and organisations in order to investigate crimes and hopefully bring the offenders to justice. Here we highlight our role and the main law enforcement organisations.
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Despite legal protection, every year the RSPB receives over 500 reports of wild bird crime.
Wildlife Crime Officers (WCOs)
The RSPB's Investigations Section was instrumental in the creation of the police WCO network.
Wild bird crime
The RSPB has produced an annual report since 1990, but now we are presenting the information online.
How to report crimes against wild birds
If you suspect an offence against birds, here are details about who to contact and what details to record.
UK Border Agency
Customs officers work with organisations like the RSPB in cases involving specimens which have been illegally imported.
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.