It is very important that if any signs are spotted, or illegal activity is known, this should be reported immediately. Use the report section below to distinguish best possible method for reporting and together we can stop the illegal killing of our birds of prey.
Reporting a wildlife crime (or even a suspected wildlife crime) is important for two reasons:
If the event is still happening, it may enable the criminals to be caught 'in the act', meaning a higher chance of prosecution
If the event is over, a report can still help to build up a more accurate picture of what might be happening in a specific location or across the country as a whole
For more advice please visit the National Wildlife Crime Unit Website
Call 999 immediately and ask for the Police. When you are connected to the Police, ask to speak to a Wildlife Crime Officer (if available) and make sure you get an Incident Report Number.
Don't approach suspects yourself as they may react violently.
If it involves suspected poisoned birds, animals or baits contact the government Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) on Freephone 0800 321600.
IF THE CRIME IS STILL TAKING PLACE..
DO NOT call 999 as this is an emergency number only.
If you would like to call the Police, please use the national non-emergency number 101, or call your local police station.
If you would prefer to get advice before calling the Police, you can contact the following :
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
RSPB 01767 680 551
RSPCA 0300 1234 999
IF THE CRIME IS NO LONGER TAKING PLACE..
Crime Stoppers is an independent charity that gives people the power to speak up to stop crime 100% anonymously.
RSPCA Cruelty/ Distress Hotline
We receive a call for help approximately every 30 seconds. Some situations that may appear distressing are not against the law. In their daily work our inspectors have to prioritise cases where the law is actually being broken
Raptor Crime Hotline
The RSPB has launched a confidential ‘Raptor Crime Hotline’ to help whistle-blowers within the shooting industry come forward with information about bird of prey persecution.
WHAT THREE WORDS
what3words is a really simple way to explain your exact location when reporting known or suspected raptor persecution activity, which most frequently occur in remote rural locations that can be hard to find or describe.
what3words have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3 word address. It means anyone can accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than any other system.
Use the tool below and try it for yourself or visit https://map.what3words.com/