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Rare bird eggs stolen from West Suffolk nature reserve




Stone curlew adult near nest and eggs, Breckland, Norfolk. Picture: Chris Gomersall RSPB (1975143)
Stone curlew adult near nest and eggs, Breckland, Norfolk. Picture: Chris Gomersall RSPB (1975143)

Thieves have stolen rare bird eggs from a West Suffolk nature reserve.

Four stone curlew eggs were taken from a nesting site at Cavenham Heath nature reserve at some point between Friday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 9.

Sergeant Brian Calver, of Suffolk Police, said: "The eggs have previously been measured and photographed, so if anybody has any knowledge as to who may have taken them, we can easily identify them, owing to the measurements and very detailed individual markings.

"Egg collecting is nowhere near as common as it used to be but sadly still goes on.

"It's not a victimless crime, as rare populations can be adversely affected by the actions of these individuals."

He urged dog owners to keep their dogs on leads around such areas to prevent 'disturbance and damage'.

Chris Hainsworth, Natural England senior reserve manager, said: "The stone curlew is a very rare bird with fewer than 400 pairs in the country and we're shocked and saddened by the theft of these eggs.

"Only 30 years ago we nearly lost them from the English countryside altogether and it is only by the hard work of local farmers and landowners supported by Natural England and RSPB that we have managed to start to see the population slowly rise."

Call Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference 37/25360/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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