Birdwatch News Archive
Posted on: 03 Feb 2014
An criminal enquiry which started in Britain in 2009 has led to the conviction of three Swedish egg collectors last week.
The 23-day trial in the province of Ångermanland, central Sweden, resulted in the jailing of one of the men for a year.
In February 2009, a collection of over 2,000 birds’ eggs was seized by police in Co Durham and examined by RSPB investigators. Associated documentation including around 6,000 emails showed that the chief suspect was involved in exchanging birds’ eggs with a ring of people in England, Scotland, Sweden, the United States and Australia. Andrew Seed, of Low Willington, Co Durham, was convicted in December 2009 for keeping, trading and smuggling birds’ eggs, and subsequently received a suspended jail sentence.