Highlands & Islands

Inverness man facing bird egg allegations

A man has gone on trial at Inverness Sheriff Court accused of illegally possessing 338 birds' eggs, including those of rare species.

Keith Liddell, 51, of Inverness, faces 16 charges alleging he broke laws protecting wildlife. He denies the charges.

The trial heard from a police officer who searched a house in Durham that contained thousands of eggs.

In the house were also boxes labelled K Liddell and with an Inverness postcode.

Thirteen of the 16 charges - which cover August 2004 to June 2009 - relate to allegations that Mr Liddell was involved in the illegal trade of birds' eggs.

Two other charges claim that he unlawfully possessed 338 eggs including those of osprey, peregrine falcon, black-throated diver, Slavonian and black-necked grebes.

The remaining charge relates to an allegation that he had a range of items for keeping and trading eggs.

Mr Liddell denies the charges.

The trial before Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood continues.

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