'The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has been rocked by a furious row over its controversial culling of crows and foxes on its reserves.
Outraged members took to social media to say they are resigning over the killings, which are intended to protect the eggs of ground-nesting birds such as curlews.
Those complaining say they did not join the charity for it to kill wildlife.
One RSPB warden waded into the row on Twitter, branding those complaining 'knuckleheads' and boasting the charity was so wealthy it did not need their membership fees.
This involves placing a live crow in a cage to act as a decoy.
When another bird is drawn to the cage, it falls through a false floor into a compartment to await its fate.
The device was invented in Denmark, but is now banned there for being inhumane.
In 2016/2017 the RSPB killed 661 crows to 'protect ground-nesting birds' at 15 of its sites, up from 475 in 2015/16.
It also killed 414 foxes for the same reason, up from 390. Other birds and animals killed by the RSPB included 11 gulls to protect terns, and 432 red deer to 'restore woodland and heathland'.
Though some have expressed support for the measures, dozens of members have objected to the culls.'
Read more: Furious row erupts over RSPB's controversial culling of crows and foxes to protect birds on its land, as one warden threatens 'we don't need your membership fees'
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