notorious egg collector #6

His haul contained eggs from Britain's rarest nesting birds including the golden eagle, little tern, osprey, black-necked grebe, avocet, black-tailed godwit, stone curlew, chough, peregrine falcon and red-throated diver.

Skegness magistrates heard that Pearson was "simply a working man with an overwhelming fascination for eggs".

But jailing him, District Judge Richard Blake said he had been responsible for a "carefully organised, evil campaign against wildlife".

He added: "The message must go out that the perverted activity of people like you, who seize eggs to satisfy their lust for them, will not be tolerated".

Almost 600 of the eggs could not be identified by experts. But Pearson pleaded guilty to possessing 653 Schedule One eggs - the rarest and most protected under the Act - and possessing a further 6,477 eggs. After the case Pc Nigel Lound, Lincolnshire police's wildlife officer, said he hoped the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.

He said: "We didn't really know what to expect when we got into the house, but we really hit the jackpot. The bedroom was chock-a-block with eggs".

The Telegraph (UK)
April 1, 2008

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