Report a wildlife crime


Before you fill in this form, please read our ‘How to report crimes’ page.

Please only complete this confidential form if you have witnessed, or are aware of the following:

• Crimes against birds of prey, owls or ravens – particularly shooting, trapping, poisoning or nest destruction
• Suspected wildlife poisoning offences where birds are victims or vulnerable (e.g. a poisoned bait placed in the countryside)
• A dead/injured bird of prey in suspicious circumstances
• Trapping/trading of birds taken illegally from the wild
• Taking/trading eggs and chicks of wild birds
• Offences against Schedule 1 birds

The more information you can provide, the more useful your report will be. If you have any photos to accompany your report, you can send them to us by emailing [email protected]. Please include enough detail in your email so we can match it to your original report.

Please note that as a small team, we have to prioritise crimes involving species/issues of greatest conservation concern, as listed above. Due to the high levels of correspondence we receive, if your matter doesn’t relate to the above, you may not receive a further reply.

Where you know or strongly believe there are active nests in hedges or trees that are being cut or removed, or if you believe a crime has been committed that is outside of our priorities stated above, please contact the police on 101. If you are calling from England, Scotland or Wales you may ask to speak to a dedicated Wildlife Crime Officer who has the authority to investigate and take further action if necessary.

If you need further advice call RSPB Wildlife Enquiries on 01767 693690 or email [email protected].