Western Isles SNP MSP, Alasdair Allan, has welcomed a decision by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to allow the licenced sale of meats from Greylag Geese on a trial basis in Uist, following a pilot in Orkney, and has asked for SNH to consider extending this to Lewis and Harris.
Alasdair Allan commented: “I am aware that both crofters and environmentalists have been concerned about the growing numbers of Greylag Geese in the Western Isles in recent years and the huge impact which this has on crofting.
“I have been among a number of people calling for the rules to be changed, which would allow for the licenced sale of Greylag Goose carcasses, as there is certainly no shortage of supply.
“I am therefore pleased that SNH have agreed to allow this on a trial basis in Uist. SNH have recently confirmed the details of this with me by letter and I have been back in touch making the case for these measures to be extended to Lewis and Harris in future.
“As least one hotelier has been in touch with me to say they would put Greylag Goose on the menu if allowed. My strong feeling is that they should be allowed to serve Greylag Goose if they desire to as the geese are certainly not an endangered species.”