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Yes. It is illegal to take or destroy any wild birds' eggs and the penalties, if convicted, are imprisonment and/or a fine. It is also illegal to take or injure a wild bird and damage or destroy its nest. If you know someone who is stealing wild birds' eggs then contact your local police force and speak to the wildlife officer who will be able to help you.

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