Nearly 700 Bird Eggs Stolen

A British man was recently jailed for stealing almost 700 bird eggs from nests throughout England. Stealing the eggs killed the chicks inside because they were no longer being incubated by adult birds. He stole seven golden eagle eggs, three red kite, three peregrine, eight osprey and many others containing the offspring of endangered or protected species. He also stole eagle eggs from Scotland.

One of the detectives on the case said, “This is one of the most serious cases of wildlife crime I have had to investigate. Gonshaw’s actions directly jeopardise Britain’s wildlife and his obsession with collecting eggs threatens some of our rarest and most precious species. We hope that this result here at court sends out a clear message that, together with our partners from the RSPB, we will work to protect Britain’s birds for future generations.” (Source: Daily Mirror)

Destroying viable eggs, sets back the fragile progress achieved by biologists working to restore populations of wild birds that have been persecuted mercilessly and driven down to very low levels for no good reason. Osprey fly all the way from Africa to lay eggs in the U.K. but some of their eggs were stolen by the obsessive thief.

He had been arrested three times previously for the same crime of egg stealing, and was given just six months this time. One would imagine for a repeat offender on his fourth jailing for a destructive crime on a mass scale, the penalty would be much larger. Additionally, it probably should include some kind of electronic home monitoring, and mental health intervention or the destructive hoarding appears likely to continue.

In Sweden a man who caught 13,000 wild birds was sentenced to 18 months in prison. He also did a great amount of damage to natural ecosystems biologists work very hard to maintain.

Photo by Tom Oates, 2009., modified by User:P. S. Burton- WikiCommons


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Betsy M.
Betsy M.2 years ago

He needs a special license plate on his car.

Angela N.
Angela N.3 years ago

thanks :)

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago

Take his own eggs away!!!

New G.
New G.3 years ago

Thanks for the article. More need to be done to stop people like this.

Tana D.3 years ago

Stealing almost 700 eggs is unbelievable in and of itself. But the fact that this is the 4th time he's been convicted of stealing wild birds' eggs and still only got 6 mths is downright atrocious!

David K.
David K.3 years ago

Unfortunately the law seems biassed to protect property only and only partially protects other aspects of civilised life, eg environment etc. It is obvious that this miscreant will offend again as soon as released to do so. He should have been given at least 3 years and required to be mionitored when released. The 6 months penalty is pathetic, and he will probably get off earlier for good behaviour. Perhaps his companions in jail may deal to him if they are aware of his offense.

marta d.
marta d.3 years ago

We need crimes and offenses against environment to be punish as any other crime. It's time we gave nature its real value!

Kathryn B.
Kathryn B.3 years ago

Throw this destructive nut job under the jail!!! This is MASS murder! Why oh why are MONSTERS like this still getting such minimal punishment?!

Victoria Pitchford
Vicky P.3 years ago

oh wow...

Sherylee Harper
Sherylee Harper3 years ago

Let's remove his eggs!