A man who illegally collected more than 5,000 rare bird eggs has been warned he faces jail.
Daniel Lingham, 65, was spotted “head-to-toe in camouflage gear” picking eggs up off the ground at Cawston Heath in Norfolk on 21 May.
Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard that when he was searched by police he said: “I’ve been a silly man, haven’t I?”
Lingham, of Newton St Faith, Norfolk, admitted five offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Officers found a total of 5,266 eggs of species including nightingales, nightjars, turtle doves, chiffchaffs, little-ringed plovers, woodlarks and kingfishers at his home.