Responding to Mr Justice Mitting’s judgment on the RSPB’s Ribble Gull Cull challenge, the RSPB said:
“This judgment is deeply worrying as we believe it fundamentally misinterprets the law as it relates to protecting birds.
It is important to stress that the dispute at the centre of this case is not about air safety – the RSPB fully accepts the risk exists and that the cull is necessary,
this is about how the Government can sanction the killing of an additional 1100 lesser black-backed gulls without acknowledging the damaging impact of removing almost a fifth of the breeding population of a species on a protected site.
The judge appears to condone the Government writing off part of why the Ribble Estuary is important for nature conservation without compensation measures and, as such, sets a deeply disturbing precedent for our most important sites for wildlife –
we are urgently looking at our options to appeal this judgment.”
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