Costs and benefits of wild goose conservation in Scotland

Douglas Craig MacMillan, N. Hanley, Michael E Daw

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This paper applies the cost-benefit analysis framework to the issue of wild geese conservation in Scotland. Wild goose numbers have risen rapidly over the past 30 years, bringing nature conservationists into conflict with farmers whose crops are damaged. We estimate the costs of damage due to goose grazing to farmers in two goose areas, Strathbeg and Islay. Conservation benefits are estimated using a contingent valuation survey of the Scottish population, and we find that benefits outweigh costs by a very considerable margin. This can be seen as providing support for recent UK government moves to compensate farmers in goose areas in order to further conservation. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-485
Number of pages10
JournalBiological Conservation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • cost benefit analysis
  • contingent valuation
  • conservation
  • wild geese


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