Natural England approves destruction of thousands of duck eggs over ‘threat to cyclists’

Natural England has given permission for the destruction of 4,500 mallard eggs over three years to prevent ducks “walking out in front of cyclists” and causing accidents.

Environmental campaigner Jason Endfield unearthed the licenses through a Freedom of Information request.

The licences to destroy mallard eggs primarily cover the counties of Suffolk and Bedfordshire, although exact locations have been redacted from the Natural England data.

The Bedfordshire licence applicant said the mallard population had risen dramatically and noted that they congregated around seating areas.

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