Guidelines for Dealing With Casualties

Since the Yorkshire Red Kite releases began in 1999, many birds have been found dead or injured. Post-mortem examination and analysis has shown that some incidents were due to natural causes or accident. However, the majority of casualties have been caused by poisoning and shooting. As the population increases, more casualties are inevitable.

Please note that YRK are purely involved with the red kite species and should other species be found, then we suggest you contact either RSPCA, RSPB or your local Vet. Contact details can be found at the bottom of this page.

The circumstances of each incident will vary, but the following guidelines should assist if a dead or injured kite is found:

Protect Yourself

  • Take care not to put yourself in any danger.
  • Unless there is an obvious physical cause of death or injury, be alert to the possible presence of poison.
  • Do not handle the bird or any possible poisoned bait with bare hands.
  • Unless it is necessary to do so, do not touch them at all!

Protect the Site

  • It may be a scene of crime
  • Do not disturb potential evidence
  • Take photographs of the site and victim(s)
  • Make a note of anything untoward, including descriptions of any suspects and their vehicle registration details
  • Keep people and animals away
  • Take an Ordnance Survey grid reference

Is the bird alive?

  • If so, a welfare issue arises
  • Contact RSPCA - 0300 1234 999
  • Alternatively, take the bird to the nearest veterinary practice if this is feasible- remembering not to handle it with bare hands

Is Illegal Activity Suspected?

  • If shooting or poisoning is suspected, contact the Police on the new, Nationwide non emergency number immediately, where you will be connected to your local force:

Police 101

  • Ask to speak urgently to a Wildlife Crime Officer - please ask for an incident number
  • If you do contact the Police, please also inform:

For North Yorkshire:

Gareth Jones, PC1237,
Ripon Rural Safer Neighbourhood and Force Wildlife and Rural Crime Co-ordinator,
North Yorkshire Police,
The Police Station,
North Street,
North Yorkshire.
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Tel: 101 and if calling from North Yorkshire, Ext. 3622
Mob: 07909 686508

For East Yorkshire:

PC 1805 Julie Turrell
Rural/Wildlife & Hunt Liaison Officer 
Beverley Police Station
New Walk
HU17 7AF
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Tel: 01482 578969 
Mobile:- 07920 586664

Is Poisoning Suspected?

  • Are there multiple deaths or an obvious poison bait and victim(s)
  • If so, notify the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) on 0800 321 600, in addition to the Police
  • If possible, cover the victim(s) and any likely bait

Further Advice

Can be sought from the RSPB on 01767 680551 and ask for the Investigations Team during office hours, or
078595 654947 at other times.