Jail warning to man who stole 5,000 bird eggs
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.