Greylag geese (Anser anser) grazing on croftland. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

State aid for Goose Schemes

We are currently in discussion with the European Commission on the design of the goose schemes to ensure that they comply with the requirements for state aid in the agriculture sector. These requirements are outlined in the European Union Guidelines for State aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas 2014 to 2020.