Jail warn­ing to man who stole 5,000 bird eggs

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A MAN who il­le­gally col­lected more than 5,000 rare bird eggs has been warned he is fac­ing jail.

Daniel Ling­ham, 65, was re­ported to po­lice by some­one who saw him “head-to-toe in cam­ou­flage gear” pick­ing eggs up off the ground at Caw­ston Heath in Nor­folk, Nor­wich Mag­is­trates’ Court heard.

Co­lette Harper, pros­e­cut­ing, said of­fi­cers at­tended and searched him on May 21. “He dis­closed he had eggs on his per­son and pro­duced two small tubs,” she said. He had a cat­a­pult and tree climb­ing spikes with him.

Po­lice searched his home and found tubs with eggs un­der his bed and in the kitchen and liv­ing room.

Ms Harper said they found 5,266 eggs of species in­clud­ing nightin­gales, night­jars, tur­tle doves, chif­fchaffs, lit­tle-ringed plovers, wood­larks and king­fish­ers.

Ling­ham, of New­ton St Faith, Nor­folk, ad­mit­ted five of­fences un­der the Wildlife and Coun­try­side Act 1981.

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