Welsh Ornithologists react angrily to Minister's decision
August 2013. The Welsh Ornithological Society (WOS) have expressed concern at the Welsh Government's decision not to ban the hunting of White-fronted Geese. Wales is now the only area in the Goose's regular haunts where the goose is not protected.
In a consultation earlier this year, WOS set out why Greenland White-fronted Geese should be protected. While WOS acknowledges that long running voluntary bans on shooting are in place at some wetlands, such as the Dyfi estuary, it believes that nothing less than a statutory ban on shooting will ensure its protection. The Society is concerned that any voluntary ban could be lifted at any time and that the voluntary approach does not cover all the sites where these declining geese could spend the winter.
WOS President, Iolo Williams, said "There is a very strong scientific case to ban hunting of Greenland White-fronted Geese. Studies on their wintering grounds at Wexford Slobs in Ireland clearly showed that the geese are extremely sensitive to hunting mortality."