Pensioner fined £4,700 for illegal haul of wild bird eggs

A Devon pensioner has been fined £4,700 after amassing an illegal lifetime collection of hundreds of wild bird eggs.

William Beaton, 73, from Yelverton, appeared before Plymouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday [10 November] and admitted to stealing the eggs from around the UK, including Devon and Cornwall.

He pleaded guilty to five offences under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside...

Bird expert banks on success in South Africa

A bird expert has travelled from South Devon to South Africa to help save an endangered African seabird. And within days of arriving, Living Coasts Senior Head Keeper Lois Rowell has found herself hand-rearing precious chicks.

Lois, an experienced bird keeper practiced in the delicate art of hand-rearing, is spending six weeks working with bank cormorants. She is helping SANCCOB, a...

Zoo’s chocolate ostrich egg prize

A hand-crafted chocolate ostrich egg is the prize on offer at Paignton Zoo this Easter.

Everyone who completes the Easter egg trail around the Zoo over the weekend of Good Friday 3rd April to Easter Monday 6th April will be entered into a draw to win a cuddly toy bunny and a chocolate egg the size of an ostrich egg!

The egg has been made by chocolatier Tony Fagan of the...

Jasmine hatches a cracking plan!

A young patient of Derriford Hospital has hatched a cracking plan for Easter.

Jasmine Bayly (15) was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis 1 when she was 8 years old, which resulted in the development of an inoperable brain tumour aged 13. She has spent most of the last two years undergoing Chemotherapy and knowing the difficulty of being confined to a hospital bed, Jasmine wanted to raise...

Operation Easter - Police target anyone stealing birds' eggs

Easter is on the doorstep, birds are nesting, some have already laid eggs, and the national campaign to protect them is now underway.

A new element to this year’s operation will target those who take the eggs or chicks of birds of prey, to sell to illegal falconries.

Collecting wild birds’ eggs is illegal and no longer just a schoolboy hobby. The police say it remains the...