National Goose Forum


We established the National Goose Forum (previously, the National Goose Management Review Group, NGMRG) in May 2000 to implement the national policy framework and to advise Scottish Ministers on goose management in Scotland.

The Forum is required to conduct a multi-disciplinary review of the national policy framework every five years, and to report its findings to ministers.

Its core objectives are to:

  • meet the UK's nature conservation obligations for geese, within the context of wider biodiversity objectives
  • minimise economic losses experienced by farmers and crofters caused by geese
  • maximise the value for money of public expenditure on geese management


  • Hugh Dignon, Head of Wildlife and Flood Management Unit, Scottish Government (Chair)    
  • Morag Milne, Wildlife Management Officer, NatureScot (Secretariat)             
  • Rae McKenzie, National Goose Policy Manager, NatureScot                    
  • Donald Fraser, Head of Natural Resource Management, NatureScot                            
  • Bill Dundas, Principal Agricultural Officer, Oban and LGMG Chair, Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Division    
  • Colin Shedden, Scotland Director, British Association for Shooting and Conservation     
  • Steve Campbell, Wildlife Biologist, Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture    
  • Karen Ramoo, Policy Adviser, Scottish Land Estates     
  • Penny Middleton, Policy Manager, National Farmers’ Union Scotland official     
  • Andrew Connon, Vice President, National Farmers’ Union Scotland Elected Member     
  • Patrick Krause, Chief Executive, Scottish Crofting Federation     
  • Paul Walton, Head of Habitats and Species, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds     
  • Richard Hearn, Policy and Advocacy Manager (International), Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust     
  • Nils Bunnefeld, Professor in Biological and Environmental Sciences, Stirling University      
  • Gary Clewley, Research Ecologist, British Trust for Ornithology      

Local Goose Management Groups (LGMGs):    

  • Alistair Watson, Orkney LGMG     
  • David Muir, Uist LGMG     
  • Peter Isaacson, Argyll Estates Tiree Keeper, Tiree and Coll LGMG     
  • Alastair Martin, Solway LGMG     
  • Duncan MacAlister, Kintyre LGMG     
  • Robert Epps, Islay LGMG    
  • Donald McCreath, Strathbeg LGMG      
  • Sally Reynolds, Lewis and Harris LGMG     
  • James Daniel, Shetland LGMG      
  • Brian Minshull, Bean Goose Advisory Group          




National Goose Forum

Telephone: 01738 444177

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