RSPB calls for emergency shooting ban during bird flu outbreak

Shoots cause stress for migratory species such as Svalbard barnacle goose, whose numbers are down 38%

The RSPB has called for an emergency shooting ban after an “unprecedented” outbreak of bird flu that has left wildfowl populations in “catastrophic decline”.

Migratory geese that overwinter on the Solway Firth, which stretches between Scotland and Cumbria, are being hardest hit, with a 38% decline in the Svalbard barnacle goose breeding population from winter last year.

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