Prolific egg collector pleads guilty to charges

Part of Lingham’s collection

Most prolific egg collector in recent times took nearly 5,000 eggs, including those of rare and declining birds.


Plymouth man fined & receives suspended sentence for extensive crimes against wildlife.

A man has been found guilty of nine offences relating to the taking of wild bird eggs and the disturbance of several breeding birds sites in Devon and Scotland.


The North West Raptor Group trial night vision video in the Forest of Bowland.


Last year rumours persisted that at long last a pair of Eagle Owls in the Forest of Bowland successfully produced three fledged young. This was confirmed after the nesting site was featured by the One Show last year. The nesting ledge containing the three chicks was clearly visible, the camera taking the footage […]

RSPB Media Release: Conviction for English egg collector who ‘exported’ crimes to Bulgaria

An English egg collector has been handed a six month prison sentence, suspended for three years, and a 5000 Lev (£2024) fine after pleading guilty to the illegal possession of 16 birds’ eggs and three taxidermy specimens by a court in Burgas, Bulgaria, today. This follows a lengthy investigation by the Burgas Police, assisted […]

UK investigation leads to conviction of three Swedish egg collectors


An enquiry, which started in the UK in 2009 involving the collecting and trading of wild birds’ eggs, has led to the conviction of three Swedish egg collectors today [Friday 31 January 2014] after a 23-day trial in the province of Ångermanland, in central Sweden. One of the men was jailed for a […]

Collecting without a conscience by Guy Shorrock

On 9 April 2013 at Inverness Sheriff court, Keith Liddell of Holm Dell Drive, Inverness, was sentenced to a 220 hours community service order. During an earlier trial in March there was a dramatic change in direction and he decided to plead guilty to 13 charges relating to the illegal trading in birds’ eggs […]

Inverness prison officer who kept birds eggs sentenced to community service

Prison officer Kieth Liddell who admitted illegally possessing and trading in birds eggs has been ordered to carry out 220 hours unpaid community work .Liddell, 53, of Inverness, pleaded guilty last month to 11 of 13 charges relating to being involved in the illegal trade of eggs. He also admitted two of three charges relating […]

“Operation Easter” swings into action to protect eggs of birds of prey from illegal traders

Individuals who steal bird eggs will be targeted in this year’s Operation Easter. A national campaign to protect the eggs and chicks of birds of prey is under way as nesting gets into full swing. For the first time in its 16-year history, Operation Easter will be carried out by the National Wildlife Crime […]

Two convicted of egg-collecting after two-year operation

Thanks to South Devon’s pro-active Wildlife Crime Officer, PC Josh Marshall, two men have been convicted today of stealing bird’s eggs and connected offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act after a two-year operation. Marcus Betteridge, 52 years from Jubilee Road in Totnes was fined £1,000 after he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of […]

Michael Upson, ex-policeman, receives suspended sentenced over birds’ eggs

RSPB officers and police found hundreds of eggs in margarine containers Link to BBC video of Upson helping Police search his home. Michael Upson, 52 and a former Suffolk police constable who amassed a collection of 649 rare birds’ eggs has been given a suspended jail term. Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard Upson was arrested […]