This story about a Greylag Goose cull on Orkney caught my eye (largely because someone sent it to me – thank you!). I don’t know enough about the reasons behind the cull to comment on whether it is the least bit sensible but I was interested to see that the goose carcasses were to be sold into the human food chain.
This is interesting for two reasons – the first, as the BBC say, is because you can’t normally sell shot geese and apparently special dispensation has been made for this case.
But also because in England these geese would have to be shot with non-toxic ammunition – that’s what the regulations state for particular species (and sites). However, in Scotland they do things differently and it would be possible to shoot geese, legally, with lead ammunition in, for example, a stubble field.
So, I was wondering whether SNH was making sure that these geese were shot with non-toxic ammunition as they were going into the human food chain.
So I ‘phoned the SNH press office to ask and was answered by a very helpful Canadian woman who told me she’d find out and get back to me. She got back to me in 9 minutes – that impressed me. And the answer impressed me too; SNH are supplying the ammunition and it is all lead-free. That’s the right answer!