Buzzard Buteo buteo, in field of winter wheat, Bedfordshire, England

Working with the law

In the UK, all wild birds, their nests and their eggs are protected by law.

This section explains more about how the RSPB works with the law and has influenced decisions.

Wildlife and the law

Peregrine (rich brown) and raven (greenish-blue) eggs. Photographed by Mark Thomas.

Find out how wild birds and their eggs and nests are protected by the law and where you can go to find out more detailed information.

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Report a wild bird crime

Follow the link to report wild bird crimes that you have witnessed or heard about from someone else.


Golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos adult male sitting in heather, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Our Investigations Section produces a number of publications relating to wild birds and the law.


The RSPB's investigations newsletter. PDF, 1.6Mb

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The RSPB's investigations newsletter. PDF, 1.2Mb

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The RSPB's stance on what developments are needed in wildlife law to halt the loss of, and promote, UK biodiversity. PDF, 1.0Mb

Response to the Law Commission Consultation Paper: Wildlife Law

An RSPB report highlighting the worst year on record for suspected cases of bird of prey persecution in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District. PDF, 270Kb

Peak Malpractice Update 2007