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A two-year operation into wildlife crime came to an end today with the sentencing of two men from Devon.
The RSPB, the Police and the Wildlife Crime Unit came together as part of Operation Blackwell which led to the conviction of a man described as being in the Premier League of illegal egg collecting.
But some leading naturalists have defended the hobby, with Sir David Attenborough saying it helps youngsters get connected to nature. Watch this report from Jacquie Bird.
Two men from Devon have been convicted of Wildlife offences. 52-year-old Marcus Betteridge, from Totnes pleaded guilty to disturbing Wild Birds. And 49-year-old Seymour Crang from Bittaford, near Ivybridge pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of wild bird’s eggs.
They were both fined £1,000 each and had to pay an additional £200 in costs. The convictions followed a two-year-operation by Devon and Cornwall Police, RSPB and the National Wildlife Crime Unit.