Following tonight’s introduction of new emergency measures aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus, Scottish Natural Heritage in conjunction with our partners at Carloway Estate Trust have decided to suspend this year’s greylag goose management scheme in Lewis and Harris.  

Shooting and all other activity associated with the scheme will now cease with immediate effect.

We will continue to review the position in line with Government guidance and would like to thank our volunteers for their efforts to date, and the wider community for your understanding.

Since 2014 the Lewis & Harris greylag goose management group have been carrying out management to sustainably control the local greylag goose management population, with the aim of reducing the impacts greylag geese have on crofting and farming.  

The management scheme is delivered by experienced volunteer hunters working in their local communities across the islands following established best practice. It is funded and licenced by Scottish Natural Heritage and delivered in partnership with Carloway Estate Trust.

The National Goose Management Review Group (NGMRG) ensures that all such management schemes in Scotland are guided by the same three objectives of national goose policy. This will meet the UK’s nature conservation obligations for geese within the context of wider biodiversity objectives; minimise economic losses experienced by farmers and crofters as a result of the presence of geese, and maximise the value for money of public expenditure.