A man lost his collection of 7,690 wild birds' eggs and was fined $1,496 after being convicted of violating wildlife laws.

David Hargreaves Brierley, 49, an unemployed upholsterer, was convicted Thursday of possessing the eggs for sale. The small courtroom was cramped because eggs filled most of the public seats.Prosecutors said Brierley acted as a warehouseman for collectors of illegal eggs. He had eggs from such rare species as merlins, Dartford warblers and red-backed shrikes, they said.

The Wildlife and Countryside Act outlawed collecting of wild birds' eggs in Britain in 1982.