Fishing: Welsh anglers want cull of birds devouring river stocks

2023-09-19 06:58:02  • 5 mins

At a glance

  • More than 2,000 people sign a petition calling for licences to cull fish-eating birds in Wales
  • Anglers claim cormorants and goosander ducks are devastating stocks in Welsh rivers
  • Conservationists say the priority should be cleaning polluted rivers
  • Natural Resources Wales says it is putting a plan in place to examine the issue

Llyr Edwards

BBC News

George Herd

BBC News

  • Published 3 minutes ago

Anglers in Wales are calling for some fish-eating birds to be culled, claiming they are devastating river stocks.

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition demanding more licences are issued by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to deal with cormorants and goosander ducks.

Both birds are protected species and cannot be killed without permission from NRW, the official Welsh environment body.

It says a plan is in place to assess the impact of fish-eating birds and how they are controlled in Wales.

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