It has today been confirmed officially by Birmingham City Council that there are NO PLANS to cull any Canada geese in any of its parks. A freedom of information request has stated that no birds have been killed by the council in the last five years and there are also no plans to introduce egg pricking of goose eggs either.
The response by Val Llewellyn, Professional Support Services Adviser Governance and Compliance and seen by SOSCG also stated
“The Parks Service has a record of all complaints received for the service but not particularly for Canada geese. However, we have checked the records and there were no complaints for Canada geese.“
This response will be hailed by campaigners who were horrified when unsubstantiated claims about “goose attacks” were made by two local councillors at Swanshurst Park in Mosley, which provoked a furious response from local residents and campaigners against culling the birds.
One however should be cautious about the response, and it should be hoped that the council will not be swayed by unfounded speculation in the local press about geese “waging war” or anything else on humans.