Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Battle goes on to save Canada geese from Windermere spring cull

CAMPAIGNERS say the “battle is on” to save the Windermere geese threatened with a cull.

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PROTEST: Campaigners who descended on the Lake District National Park Authority in Kendal to hand in a petition against the proposed cull of Canada geese on Windermere REF: 50030297B002

Some 200 Canada Geese are to be shot this spring under plans by the Windermere Geese Management Group.

The body, of which the Lake District National Park is a member, says the non-native species is damaging habitats, and causing pollution and potential health risks.

Appalled Windermere-based pressure group ‘Save Windermere Canada Geese’ will continue to fight to save the birds.

The group, which started on Facebook, has attracted attention from around the world and its members are committed to putting a stop to the cull.

Simon Hughes, who heads the group, said: “The LDNPA themselves admit that they have no evidence to prove that the geese are causing a pollution problem on the lake and yet they constantly cite “pollution” as being a contributing factor in their decision to carry out the cull.

“We simply won’t allow this to happen without a fight.”

Campaigners from Save Windermere Geese, Animal Aid, Respect For Wildlife, other wildlife organisations and individuals, will be descending on Bowness, tomorrow from noon to take part in a peaceful protest against the decision.

Yvonne Pinnington, Save Windermere Canada Geese campaign press officer, said: “We have been collecting evidence from various sources which prove that the presence of geese is not a contributing factor to pollution and will be presenting this evidence to the appropriate bodies shortly.

“The whole notion of the cull seems to be based on the LDNPA’s dislike of non-native species, yet the LDNPA are trying to mask this by making totally unfounded pollution claims.”

Stephanie Baxter, from the Canada Geese Conservation Society, said: “This decision will anger and distress a lot of local residents, and others across the country and beyond. Many will be supporting the demonstration at the lake this Saturday.

“It’s not too late to reverse this decision and we strongly urge the LDNPA to reconsider.”

Neil Ryding, a Lakes tourist who started a petition against the cull which more than 3,000 people have supported, said: “I am sickened that these creatures are going to be slaughtered like this.

“I do not know how we can call ourselves a civilised society when an area that is meant to be about protecting wildlife, goes out and kills it like this and in mass numbers.

“I do not buy into the reasons for reducing the geese numbers but we have handed over a full plan with the petition detailing the methods used in the Geese Peace programme which are non lethal and vastly reduced the numbers of geese in Stratford-Upon-Avon.”

Windermere Geese Management Group says the birds are having a “serious negative impact” on the economy, the environment, are adding to the pollution which could pose health risks.

Have your say

Just to let you know that the geese peace program at Strtaford upon Avon does not work.

Posted by Cyril Bennis on 5 April 2012 at 13:07

So there was 3,000 signatures on the petition but only "between 50-100" showed up to protest? Its easy to be a keyboard/ink warrior but when actual physical action is needed people can't be bothered. I can't imagine the gaggle of protesters made much of an impact!

Posted by Dave K on 10 March 2012 at 20:20

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