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RichardH I write from Belgium with a question about invasive species of foreign birds; in particular Canada goose (Branta canadensis) and Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus)

In the past few years these species have invaded our green public spaces (and our farm pastures).

According to the website "Invasive species in Belgium"
http://ias.biodiversity.be/species/all both are status A3 invasive species.

But while the relevant authorities encourage action against A3 species of plants, and insects (e.g. Heracleum mantegazzianum, Harmonia axyridis), they seem reluctant to do anything about these birds, even on public land which they own, and which I would have thought they have a duty to protect. This is no doubt because they are afraid of causing an outcry from bird "lovers".

I'd be interested to hear from anyone whose local authority has been more proactive towards Canada and/or Egyptian geese. What did they do, and how did they do it?

Richard H.

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