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RichardH Jun 14, 2011 04:57 PM
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" 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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RichardH Jun 15, 2011 07:14 PM
Someone told me that in Flanders, nuisance geese are chased into a corrall during the flightless phase,
and euthanased by a qualified vet.
EEA Jun 23, 2011 03:36 PM
Hi RichardH, yes, overall the national/ local authorities are responsible for controlling invasive species. To see how this topic is tackled from the European perspective, try and see the website of the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission at:[…]/index_en.htm

Last year (June 2010), EEA has produced a Technical report about how to establish an early warning and rapid response framework for Europe on this matter. You can see this report is available at:[…]/information-system-invasive-alien-species