Thousands of migratory geese killed under licence from Natural England

The wildlife regulator Natural England has issued licences allowing the killing of more than 3,000 brent geese over the past three years, it has confirmed, even though there are conservation concerns about the bird.

Natural England’s data on the lethal control of brent geese under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, was collated by environmental campaigner Jason Endfield and confirmed publically by the regulator yesterday.

Although the goose is an amber-listed species, the second most serious conservation category defined by the British Trust for Ornithology, Natural England permitted the equivalent of nearly 3% of the UK’s wintering population of brent geese to be shot (3,222 birds) between 2015 and 2018 under its individual licensing scheme.

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