A ban on shooting the two breeds of white-fronted geese that visit Wales could come into effect on 1 September if the Welsh Government has its way.

Elected officials claim that it is hard to distinguish between the endangered Greenland white-fronted goose and the European species when in the field. Under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act both species may be killed during the season.

Critics of the proposal say that an effective moratorium on shooting Greenland whitefronts is already in place and that the decline of this red-listed bird is due to weather changes, habitat loss and competition from Canada geese at their breeding grounds.

The rest of this article appears in the 20th February issue of Shooting Times.

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