MEAT from wild geese shot on Orkney will go on sale across Scotland for the first time.

Islanders have been able to legally cull a set number of greylag geese since 2012 after the birds’ booming population damaged farmers’ crops. The meat has been licensed for sale on Orkney, with products on offer including goose burgers.

Now Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has announced a trial project to sell the meat across Scotland. Sales will be licensed from August 1 to October 31. SNH head of natural resource management Claudia Rowse, said: “Wild geese are an important part of Scotland’s nature but their rapid rise in numbers has been challenging for farmers and crofters.

“Our goal is to give farmers and crofters the tools they need to safeguard their crops, enabling them to control goose numbers sustainably and sell goose meat for profit.”

RSBP figures show there were 10,000 greylag geese on Orkney in 2008, but just 300 breeding pairs in 2002. The sale of wild goose meat shot outwith the project remains illegal.