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Wildlife campaigners take legal action against 'pest' bird killings | Environment

The killing of thousands of “pest” birds each year including crows, rooks, jackdaws, magpies and woodpigeons is to be challenged in court by wildlife campaigners including Chris Packham.Wild Justice, a group newly created by Packham and fellow conservationists Mark Avery and Ruth Tingay, is launching legal action against Natural England, the government’s conservation watchdog, for issuing a general licence that allows the unlimited slaughter of certain wild birds all year round.Species including jays, lesser black-backed gulls, Canada geese and non-native parakeets can be killed without a specific licence if they are causing damage to crops or forestry or pose health or safety risks to humans. Shooters or trappers do not have to explain why alternative non-lethal measures such as scaring are impractical, or report on how many birds are killed.According to Wild Justice, this is unlawful under British wildlife laws as well as the EU birds directive.“We’re not saying that no birds should ever be killed but the means that Natural England have chosen to authorise this is unlawful because they are not taking enough care to judge individual cases, or indeed any case at all,” said Avery.“It appears to us that Natural England – the government’s wildlife regulator that should be a protector of wildlife and a defender of wildlife law – has been an unlawful killer of wildlife.”Most wild bird species are protected unless someone obtains a specific licence from NE to allow their killing. The Guardian recently revealed that NE issued licences to destroy 170,000 wild birds, eggs and nests, including rapidly declining species such as curlews and swifts, in the past five years.But these figures are dwarfed by the number of unprotected crows, gulls and other wild birds that...

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