RSPB Cymru welcomes the Minister’s decision to remove Greenland white-fronted geese from the quarry list in Wales. This meets Wales’ international commitments under the African Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds Agreement to protect this globally-endangered species, which winters around the Irish Sea, including at several sites in Wales. We are grateful to the wildfowlers around the Dyfi Estuary for maintaining a voluntary moratorium on the shooting of this critically declining species. However, we wholeheartedly support this decision which will ensure that these birds are protected wherever they occur in Wales during the winter months.
We remain fully committed to working with wildfowling groups and other organisations through the Welsh Greenland White-fronted Geese Partnership, with funding from Welsh Government, to improve the conservation status of the population in Wales. We trust that wildfowling groups will continue to support these efforts and work together to save these iconic birds.
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- The Welsh Greenland White-fronted Geese partnership consists of RSPB Cymru, Welsh Government, The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Mick Green, Natural Resources Wales, The British Association for Shooting & Conservation and the Dyfi, Mawddach and Dysynni Wildfowlers Association.
Last Updated: Wednesday 5 December 2018