BIRDS - shot and persecuted

For its relatively small size, a remarkably high number of bird species have been recorded in the UK. Many are in decline though. The UK has lost an estimated 19 million breeding pairs (almost 40 million individual birds) since widespread monitoring began in the late 1960s.

While Protect the Wild cares about all birds, we can’t solve all the problems our birds face. We can though help dismantle the businesses built on exploiting and abusing some of them.

The species we’ve focussed on below are targeted by the shooting and fishing industries. Shot, trapped, or persecuted to support businesses that exploit our wildlife. It is morally and ethically indefensible. Help us stop them.

Birds shot for 'sport' or 'culled'




Red Grouse

Black Grouse

Grey Partridge


Golden Plover

Eurasian Curlew


Common Snipe

Great Cormorant

Birds of prey targeted by the shooting industry

Golden Eagle


Marsh Harrier

Hen Harrier


Red Kite

White-tailed Eagle

Common Buzzard

Short-eared Owl

How will we end the shooting industry?