§ Mr. MacArthur
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent estimate has been made of the number of wild geese in Great Britain; and what was the number counted in Perthshire.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
The most recent estimate of the summer population of wild geese in Great Britain is about 10,000, augmented to a maximum of about 175,000 in winter.
In the last three years the number of wild geese counted in Perthshire in November was:
1967 49,330 1968 55,810 1969 25,390