Poultry: Pest Control

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many licences were granted for the control of brent geese in the latest period for which figures are available; how many birds were culled; and in what locations.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

A summary of licences issued for the management of brent geese issued by Natural England in 2011 is given in the following table:

County Licences granted Licensed to be shot Reported shot
Kent 11 150 (1)38
Essex 31 454 (1)319
Hampshire 2 30 30
Lincolnshire 13 116 65
Norfolk 5 80 29
Suffolk 4 20 (1)3
West Sussex 6 165 (1)104
Total 72 1,015 (1)588
(1) Not all end-of-licence returns have yet been received.

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