Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has sought assurances from Ministers about future plans to manage geese numbers in Orkney.
Mr McArthur used portfolio questions this afternoon to call on the Rural Affairs Secretary, Fergus Ewing to lend his support to efforts at finding ways of extending the adaptive goose management programme to deal with the impact of growing numbers of greylag geese on crops and farm land in Orkney.
“The impact these sorts of numbers have on crops and arable land can be devastating, while there is also a potential risk of knock on consequences for other bird populations.
“I welcome Fergus Ewing’s agreement to urge SNH to work with the local farming community and other partners in Orkney in identifying a solution that can help address this problem in the longer term. I know that SNH is actively exploring options and look forward to seeing these emerge in the near future.”