Judge dismisses RSPB 'unlawful cull' bid

Seagulls flock over snowy ground in the Scottish Borders. Credit: PA Images

Plans for the culling of thousands of seagulls have been upheld by the High Court.

A judge dismissed claims by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) that the Government-sanctioned cull is unlawful and will set a dangerous precedent for bird conservation in the UK.

Mr Justice Mitting, sitting in London, ruled the claims "unfounded", dismissed the RSPB's application for judicial review and ordered it to pay £10,000 in legal costs.

The Environment Secretary sanctioned the cull in the Ribble Estuary on the Lancashire coast at the request of aerospace firm BAE Systems.