As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

RSPB asks High Court to stop Ribble Estuary gull cull

15 May 2014 Last updated at 02:19


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A government decision to cull gulls near a Lancashire airfield has been challenged in the High Court.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) ruled in 2013 that a cull in the Ribble Estuary could go ahead after concerns were raised by BAE Systems about safety at Warton.

The RSPB's David Forsdick QC told the hearing in London it could undermine European conservation directives.

A Defra spokesman said the gulls were impacting on air safety.

BAE said a reduction in the population of lesser black-backed gulls and herring gulls was necessary because of fears over birds being sucked into the engines of jets taking off at the airfield.

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