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Justice with Jacobs: Can eggs put me up before beak?

Byline: GARY JACOBS

Q

MY wife and I have discovered a collection of birds' eggs in my loft which we inherited when my father-in-law died in 1964. It was not illegal to collect them then but it is now, and I think we could be fined just for possessing them.

I would like to pass them on to some kind of educational institution. Who can we approach without being arrested?

Name and address withheld

A

THE Royal Society for the Protection of Birds would like to send you an information sheet which will tell you what you are able to do with the collection.

However, as I do not have your address you will have to write to them at The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL.

It is against the law for anyone to possess any wild birds eggs, but some protection exists if you can prove that the eggs were taken before September 29, 1982.

You could donate your collection to a museum, and the RSPB guidance will assist you in this respect.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 1, 2001
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