Killing fields

RSPB Scotland has criticised Scottish National Heritage, its partner in a controversial cull of 5,000 hedgehogs in the Hebrides, for misleading people about the charity's involvement in the cull. Andy Myles, RSPB Scotland's head of media and advocacy, said: "We did the research and we support the cull, but it hascreated the impression that the RSPB is chasing hedgehogs around the islands, which we are not." The cull, which began last week to protect the islands' declining population of wading birds, drew negative media coverage after animal welfare campaigners described it as "pointless killing" and offered islanders £20 for each live hedgehog brought in for relocation to the mainland.

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