It has now been decided that their numbers must be reduced by 10,000 birds. Neither The Wildfowl & Wetland Trust or RSPB Scotland were consulted over the plans and both have submitted complaints the the EU. There is also the danger that in a cull of this size other geese may be shot in error, the endangered Greenland White fronted goose also winters within the flocks of Barnacle Geese.
On the WWT website Director of Conservation Dr Debbie Pain said:
“This is about finding a fair solution that works for farmers and for wildlife. It’s about resourcing farmers to be custodians of the countryside, and about finding out what works best in everyone’s interests, rather than shooting a significant portion of a species without finding out first if other methods are just as or more effective.”
Their full complaint can be read at Goose Complaint
We all need to work together to try and stop this cull going ahead.