Eggs stolen from Harrier’s nest

Marsh Harrier

13 May 2015

Officers are appealing for information following the theft of a
number of eggs from a Marsh Harrier’s nest in Guist.

The theft is believed to have taken place on Sunday 10 May 2015
when unknown person/s stole the eggs from a nest located on the
marsh off Bridge Road.

Marsh Harriers are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside
Act 1981 and officers would like to hear from anyone who believes
they may have seen any suspicious behaviour in the area.

Officers continue to urge members of the public to report any
unusual activity around the theft of wild bird eggs in the county
during Spring and nesting season.

The Constabulary continues to support Operation Compass, a
highly-successful initiative to provide a prompt and effective
response and subsequent prosecution of anyone engaged in egg thefts
or disturbing nesting birds.

Egg collecting is a big problem in the UK where there are
approximately 300 individuals actively engaged in the unlawful
taking of wild birds’ eggs. Once taken, the eggs are blown using
small drills, syringes or similar implements in order to empty
their contents and then to display them in cabinets. Rare breeding
birds are particularly sought after.

Egg collectors are invariably male and will go to great lengths
both to take eggs, often driving all around the county, and to
avoid getting caught in the process.

The activities of such
criminals can have serious consequences for the survival of some of
our rarest bird species.

When targeting species, thieves will often park away from a site
and approach on foot or pedal cycle usually in the late evening or
early morning.

They may have been around all day locating a nest
site so they can quickly approach and take the eggs.

They are creatures of habit and will favour certain dates for
particular species and locations where they have been successful in
the past.

Nature reserves are a prime target for egg thieves across the
Eastern region and their wardens work closely with officers and the
RSPB Investigations Section to report suspicious activity.

Notices are displayed in some of the nature reserves alerting
the public to the possibility that egg thieves may be operating in
the area.

Anyone with information about egg thefts should contact
Norfolk Constabulary quoting ‘Operation Compass’ on 101.

Anyone with information relating to the recent theft should
contact PC Jason Pegden at Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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