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.
Read the RSPB’s latest report
The RSPB’s 2020 Birdcrime report was released in October 2021 and reveals a shocking insight into these crimes, including where they occurred, why it is happening, and what needs to change in order to secure a better future for birds of prey. There were 137 confirmed incidents in 2020: the highest total since recording began in 1990. Read the report
Previous 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.
Types of birdcrime include:
- Shooting and destruction
- Poisoning wild birds
- Nest robbery
- Egg collecting
Worst affected species include:
- Golden Eagle
- Peregrine Falcon
- Hen Harrier
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
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