Environment Minister John Griffiths launches consultation to ban shooting of both breeds of white-fronted geese
ENVIRONMENT Minister John Griffiths has launched a consultation that looks to ban shooting of both breeds of white-fronted geese that visit Wales.
The proposal recognises the difficulty of distinguishing between two breeds — the endangered Greenland and the more common Eurasian (or European).
The Welsh Government wants to take steps to increase protection of these geese and meet its international conservation obligations.
The ban would come into force on September 1.
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Mr Griffiths said: "The Welsh Government is committed to conserving the wildlife of Wales.
"I encourage anyone with an interest in this matter to contribute to our consultation."
Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, these breeds of goose may be killed outside of the 'closed season' in England and Wales.
The consultation can be accessed on the Welsh Government website and will close on April 19.