I am continuing to work on the theme of endangered British birds and the trade in egg theft. I love collecting and I love collections but it seems extraordinary to me that people would want to trade in an item which not only extinguishes the life of one bird but ultimately threatens a species. The practice is a emblematic of purposeful environmental destruction. Moreover, because it is illegal, and therefore a clandestine occupation- the eggs which are presumably sought for aesthetic reasons cannot be displayed. I imagine hidden drawers full of contraband. The reports of the thefts show the clumsy operations and form a marked contrast to the beauty and perfection of form of the egg.