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 cosystems 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 and organise and participate to high-level conservation summits to raise other experts' awarness about this issue. In Brussels our policy team advocates on the issue in the European Institutions and at local level our Partners take paliative measures and test solutions to different killing practices and to limit their damage on biodiversity.