A former Suffolk police officer has pleaded guilty to possessing nearly 650 wild bird eggs while he was still in the constabulary.
Michael Upson had 65 eggs belonging to woodlarks, marsh harriers and Cetti's warblers - among the country's rare breeding species in the UK - at his home Brook House, Sotherton near Halesworth.
Norwich Magistrates court heard that the eggs were illegally taken from Dunwich and Westleton Heaths in Suffolk between 1993 and 1998.
Upson, 52, was a constable based at Suffolk Constabulary's training department in Martlesham.
It's understood he retired after the raid on his home on 21st June 2012.
The case has been adjourned until Thursday afternoon while magistrates consider the sentence. Upson has been released on unconditional bail. The maximum sentence for illegal possession of wild bird eggs' is 6 months imprisonment.