A FILLING station owner who admitted disturbing a seagull's nest and three eggs has been given a chance by a judge to avoid a prison sentence.
Colin Hughes was told by District Court Judge John O'Neill that if he paid €500 to the Crumlin Children's Hospital he would consider striking out the two charges.
Mr Hughes, who said he was unaware herring gulls were a protected species, yesterday denied destroying the nest on the roof of his Texaco store in Dublin Street, Balbriggan.
The judge said he would strike out the charges if Mr Hughes made the donation. He adjourned the case.