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Birds - shot and persecuted

For its relatively small size, a remarkably high number of bird species have been recorded in the UK.

While some are still numerous, many are in decline. Enormous changes in land use, over-use of pesticides, pollution, and lax enforcement of planning and development legislation have taken a huge toll. 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, poisoned, trapped, or persecuted to support businesses that exploit wildlife. It is morally and ethically indefensible. Help us stop them.

Birds shot for 'sport' or 'culled'

Geese

Ducks

Ptarmigan

Ptarmigan

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Red Grouse

Red Grouse

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Black Grouse

Black Grouse

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Grey Partridge

Grey Partridge

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Pheasant

Pheasant

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Golden Plover

Golden Plover

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Eurasian Curlew

Eurasian Curlew

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Woodcock

Woodcock

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Common Snipe

Common Snipe

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Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant

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Birds of prey targeted by the shooting industry

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

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Goshawk

Goshawk

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Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

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Hen Harrier

Hen Harrier

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Peregrine

Peregrine

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Red Kite

Red Kite

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White-tailed Eagle

White-tailed Eagle

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Common Buzzard

Common Buzzard

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Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

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How will we end the shooting industry?