Across Europe, birds suffer from a wide range of illegal persecution: illegal poisoning, shooting, trapping, and the theft of chicks for the bird trade are common practices. In some cases it can explain the decline of specific bird populations and therefore it endangers the ecosystems to which these bird species belong. That is why BirdLife Europe made "tackling illegal killing of birds" a mission for our Partnership.
Our experts collect data on the ground in collaboration with our national Partners; they also organise and participate in high level conservation summits to raise other experts' awareness about this issue. In Brussels, our policy team advocates on the issue in the European Institutions and at local level our Partners take palliative measures and evaluate ways of challenging different killing practices and limiting their damaging impacts on biodiversity.