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Essay : Effectivity of Dutch Goose management during the breeding season

Eerbeek, J. van (2013) Essay : Effectivity of Dutch Goose management during the breeding season. Master's Thesis / Essay, Biology.

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Abstract

The change in agricultural regimes and thereby the increased grass growth, combined with the demise in goose and fox hunting have caused the Netherlands to become a prime goose paradise. By extending their arctic breeding locations to more temperate latitudes such as the Dutch Delta the geese have increased their summer staging and breeding areas. Nowadays the Dutch goose population is the largest growing breeding bird population in Western Europe. As all growing wildlife populations the geese population causes conflicts with farmers who see their crop being consumed by all these geese. Crop damage is compensated by the government through the taxpayers. In this article we focus on the methods which can be used in goose management and their efficiency in population control. We provide different methods which can be used to control goose populations. Scaring techniques and biotope management are described. We show that goose reduction at the egg and juvenile stages has no impact on the population growth. Hunting is observed as a partly effective method but only when certain individuals are targeted. We perceive gassing to be efficient but only when the right portion to the population is culled. Finally we conclude that culling incubating females in the breeding colonies has an impact to retard the growth of the Dutch goose population.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:56
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:56
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/11532

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