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Wild goose meat from Orkney goes on sale across Scotland

Meat from greylag geese shot here in Orkney will go on sale across Scotland as of today, Scottish Natural Heritage has announced.

Greylag goose meat from the Orkney Resident Greylag Goose Project is now available for sale Scotland-wide, announced Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) today.

Wild goose meat from the project is available for sale from Orkney, where sustainable control of resident greylag geese populations is licensed to safeguard agricultural crops.

Scottish Natural Heritage has said a key aim is to encourage the use of fresh, seasonal, wild goose meat and help boost local businesses. Sales will be licensed from August 1 2019 until October 31 2019. This short trial period takes advantage of the European Commission’s approval for Scotland-wide sales.

Claudia Rowse, SNH’s head of natural resource management said: “We are delighted to announce Scotland-wide sales of resident greylag goose meat for a short trial period. Now, licensed sellers from Orkney will have a chance to develop the market for their product and people can try goose for themselves, on Orkney, and across Scotland.

“Wild geese are an important part of Scotland’s nature, but their rapid rise in numbers has been challenging for farmers and crofters. Striking the balance between conservation, farming and hunting can be difficult. Our goal is to give farmers and crofters the tools they need to safeguard their crops, enabling them to control goose numbers sustainably, and sell goose meat for profit.”

Until now, meat generated by the Orkney resident greylag goose project could only be sold locally by retailers based on Orkney.

SNH is working to secure longer-term arrangements for the sale of resident greylag goose meat in Scotland. The overall number of geese will be maintained at a healthy, sustainable population. Sale of wild goose meat shot outwith the project is still prohibited under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

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