For the second time we have had tagged eggs removed from one of our Worc nature reserves presumably by a butterfly breeder/collector. The incident happened at Trench Wood reserve where eggs had been marked ironically to ensure that they were not removed by accident as part of routine ride maintenance. Over 20 eggs were taken, virtually every single egg laid at Trench Wood this winter! This follows a similar incident at Grafton Wood back in 2010. It is pretty appalling to think that there are unscrupulous individuals around that would take eggs from a nature reserve in this way but clearly there are and by publicising the incident we hope that similar incidents can be avoided. For our own part at West Midlands Butterfly Conservation we shall not be marking any eggs in the future.