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Large Blue collector convicted

Postby John W » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:03 pm

Collector convicted for illegally catching and killing the UK's rarest butterfly

http://butterfly-conservation.org/48-15226/guilty-all-charges-version-collector-convicted-for-illegally-catching-and-killing-the-uks-rarest-butterfly.html

The court heard that Cullen was spotted climbing over a locked fence to gain access to Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust's Daneway Banks nature reserve, near Sapperton, Gloucestershire on 18 June.

He was spotted attempting to catch a Large Blue in a net by Butterfly Conservation member Neil Hulme, who was visiting the site.


(apologies if someone else has already posted this)

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Re: Large Blue collector convicted

Postby bugboy » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:47 pm

Wasn't just Large Blues either, he had Heath Fritillary, High Brown Fritillary and Swallowtails in his collection.
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Re: Large Blue collector convicted

Postby Gruditch » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:34 am

 All the relevant conservation land owners, should get together and put a restraining order on this idiot. That way he could be arrested for even being on a reserve. 


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Re: Large Blue collector convicted

Postby Goldie M » Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:40 pm

It's disgusting what he did I've seen them at Gait Barrows with nets before today, I just hope they get caught
there. :x Goldie :(

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Re: Large Blue collector convicted

Postby Tony Moore » Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:28 pm

Pleased to see that this story made most of the national press. Now the courts need to batten the bugger for a few weeks to make him think about it!

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Re: Large Blue collector convicted

Postby Paul Harfield » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:33 pm

Tony Moore wrote:Pleased to see that this story made most of the national press. Now the courts need to batten the bugger for a few weeks to make him think about it!


Including a discussion on Jeremy Vines Radio 2 show today. There should be a podcast available for it if anybody wants to listen in.

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Re: Large Blue collector convicted

Postby bugboy » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:00 pm

Paul Harfield wrote:
Tony Moore wrote:Pleased to see that this story made most of the national press. Now the courts need to batten the bugger for a few weeks to make him think about it!


Including a discussion on Jeremy Vines Radio 2 show today. There should be a podcast available for it if anybody wants to listen in.


It's on the bbc iplayer, starts about halfway through with a nice interview with Neil Hulme as well.
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Re: Large Blue collector convicted

Postby Susie » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:14 pm

Thanks for the heads up, I'll enjoy listening to that.

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Re: Large Blue collector convicted

Postby David M » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:09 pm

Good news. Nice to see Neil H had a hand in things. This kind of practice belongs to a different era.

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Re: Large Blue collector convicted

Postby Mark Tutton » Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:41 pm

The story has even made the New York Times and includes Neil's picture of the culprit in action https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/world/europe/britain-butterfly-killer.html?_r=0
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Re: Large Blue collector convicted

Postby David M » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:06 pm

Well found and thanks for posting as it gives further details that are lacking here in the country where the offence was committed.

After having had his house searched and dead specimens found with 'CH' and 'DB' written on them, which to everyone on here denote Collard Hill and Daneway Banks, this idiot pleaded the following:

Mr. Cullen said CH was short for “Cobalt Hue” and that DB stood for “Dark Blue.” He acknowledged that he had traded in butterflies in the past, but that he bought them legally and sold them at auction.

Perhaps we ought to introduce a similar kind of plea bargaining they have in the US, i.e. don't take the p**s and we promise not to give you maximum sentence.

Quite frankly, this is such an obvious lie that the judge ought to be in a position to increase the sentence for perjury.

I have his images saved and will be on the lookout whenever I'm at either of these sites (or whenever I see anyone with a net).

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Re: Large Blue collector convicted

Postby Goldie M » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:38 pm

I'll do that has well at Gait Barrow, and take His/Her photo as well, it was a woman I saw last time. Goldie :x

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Re: Large Blue collector convicted

Postby Rivoldini » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:31 pm

Interestingly enough, last year it was two females I noticed with a net at Bishop Middleham Quarry where there is a colony of Northern Brown Arguses. They kept well away from me and kept appearing now and again to see if the coast was clear. I was quite disappointed at the idea of it all. God idea though, in future I'll photograph any suspects.

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Re: Large Blue collector convicted

Postby Pete Eeles » Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:38 pm

I've just deleted a post containing an image of 2 individuals who were considered "suspect". I can personally vouch for one of them. And thanks to the 3 UKB members who alerted me to the post.

Given that such posts could be considered libellous, I'd appreciate it if such images were not posted in UKB.

I should also point out that not everyone with a net is a collector, and that anyone taking photos of suspicious behaviour should be wary; things could get nasty.

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