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Council criticised for bird cull
Six of the birds were shot
A national pigeon welfare group has said it will mount a protest against Derbyshire Dales District Council after it admitted killing pigeons.

A limited cull of birds was carried out at Bakewell in January.

The pressure group Pigeon Campaign Uk is now demanding the council adopts more humane methods of pest control.

The council has said it does not routinely cull the birds and it would seek expert advice if pigeon numbers became a problem.

'Humane methods'

Emma Haskell from Pigeons UK said: "We're not against the council controlling pigeon numbers, we just don't agree with them shooting the pigeons when there are scientifically proven, humane methods of pigeon control out there.

"It was only when we applied a bit of pressure that they admitted killing six birds."

The protest comes after several residents complained about finding shot pigeons in the town.

Derbyshire District Dales Council said in a statement: "We do not routinely cull pigeons and we would seek expert advice including from PICAS if we do have a problem in the future.

"It's true that in February we did have a limited cull in an attempt to control the population in Bakewell."

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