The Council of State or supreme court has rejected bird protection group protests about the annual lapwing egg hunt in Friesland.
The ruling means the traditional hunt for lapwing eggs in the northern province can go ahead in March as usual. The Council of State said lapwing numbers are not so low that a ban on the practice should be reintroduced.
In total, 5,939 eggs can be collected, but each egg must be registered with the local authorities.
Friesland is the only place in Europe where the eggs can be collected on cultural heritage grounds.