A cull of Canada geese in the Lake District is set to go ahead despite opposition from animal rights activists.
Queen guitarist Brian May has previously criticised the proposals to shoot 200 of the birds on Lake Windermere.
The Windermere Geese Management Group (WGMG), made up of representatives from conservation organisations, landowners and scientific bodies, came under fire after a cull was first investigated when the organisation looked at the damage being caused on Windermere and other lakes such as Coniston and Grasmere by the geese, which are a non-native species.
But the group has said it will go ahead with the cull as planned, depending on when the birds nest, usually any time between mid-March and mid-April, depending on the weather and local temperatures.
The group claims the birds damage shoreline habitats, displace native species, spoil farm grazing and crop land, pollute land with droppings and it is claimed there are public health concerns from pathogens, bacteria and parasites.
But May, whose organisation Save Me campaigns for better treatment of animals, has said the cull is not justified and humans should not “reach for the gun” each time there is a complaint about “inconvenience or a loss in income” relating to wildlife.
There are estimated to be around 1,200 Canada geese on Windermere.
A WGMG statement said: “Culling is part of an integrated management strategy that will reduce the number of geese on Windermere. Non-lethal control measures will continue to be used.
“We will carry out the cull professionally, quickly and humanely in partnership with the landowners.
“We will continue to monitor the effect of the management programme and review our approach regularly.”