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Wildlife Culls

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the species of which Ministers authorised culls on the basis of conservation during 2002. [117665]

The Department issued licences for killing or taking, under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, for the conservation of wild birds or flora and fauna during 2002, for the following species:

  • Canada Geese
  • Greylag Geese
  • Barnacle Geese
  • Egyptian Geese
  • Mallard
  • Moorhen
  • Coot
  • Ruddy duck (as part of an ongoing control trial that began in 1999)
English Nature also issued licences under the 1981 Act to allow killing or taking for the conservation of wild birds or flora and fauna during 2002, for the following species:

  • Canada Geese
  • Greylag Geese
  • Egyptian Geese
  • Black-headed gull
  • Moorhen