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10. The collecting of eggs

During the second world war (1939 – 1945) there was a great shortage of food items in Sweden. In 1942 the Swedish food commission therefor took action to collect seagull eggs. The Swedish association for Hunting and The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation protested but to no avail – the state’s livelihood was of great priority. The egg collecting was carried out by authorized personnel and a total of over 7 tons of seagull eggs were delivered to the state. Almost a third of the eggs were collected in Halland – a total of 2.2 tons.

Egg from Eider

(Somateria mollissima)