RSPB Scotland has welcomed the announcement by Scottish Natural Heritage that it is to launch a consultation on proposals to designate part of the Slamannan plateau in central Scotland as a European Special Protection Area (SPA) for bean geese.
"We are delighted that this important site for the bean goose
is to be considered for
Special Protection Area (SPA)designation. Though
numbering only some 250 birds, the Slammanan bean goose population makes a remarkable contribution to the species' range in Europe, with their
only other UK wintering site some 500km
away in the Norfolk Broads.
The bean goose is a striking bird which is extremely popular with
wildlife watchers and this move to protect their habitat from damage or disturbance is very good news for conservation.
SPAs form a European-wide network of the most important areas for birds and attract funding to help land managers look after them. They make a major contribution to the conservation of birds, biodiversity and local economies across the European Community.
RSPB Scotland has a small reserve for the geese at Fannyside Loch in Lanarkshire where they regularly roost