Responding to the news that Scottish Natural Heritage will issue a new licence for greylag goose control in Orkney, local MSP Liam McArthur commented:
“It is clear that the growing numbers of resident greylag geese in Orkney pose a real problem in terms of their impact on crops, land and potentially even other bird populations. That is why there has been so much concern over the ending of the adaptive goose management scheme.
“Over recent weeks, I have been in discussion with SNH, NFUS, RSPB and Scottish Ministers about this issue and the need to find a solution. I am pleased, therefore, that agreement has now been reached that will allow shooting to take place, under certain conditions, throughout the year. As importantly, this agreement also opens up scope for further discussions.
“All have played a part in getting to this point, but I would like to thank SNH in particular for their efforts in putting in place these arrangements. Hopefully this can now pave the way to a longer term, sustainable solution to what has been a long-running saga.”