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Sale of wild Greylag meat to be allowed on Scottish islands | News | Birdwatch Magazine
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I could understand it if it was selling meat from the feral population in England they can be pests in some areas.I think they can be culled under general licence but not sure about the sale of their meat.
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Greylag Goose is not on any of the general licences (Canada Goose is), but it is a schedule 2 species on the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, meaning they can be shot outside the closed season of 1st (or 21st) February to 31st August). The western Scottish birds are also on schedule 1, part 2, which means they are specially protected during the breeding season.

What this proposal would do is add the Hebridean birds to the list of species that can be sold after they have been shot (schedule 3, part 3 of the act). The idea seems to be that the geese are being legally shot anyway to limit crop damage, and this will allow them to be sold as food instead of wasted.
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