The slaughter of ruddy ducks in the UK

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations.
In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. If however this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

(I)Could you please supply me with a full list of locations in the UK where ruddy ducks have been shot/killed under the eradication scheme part funded by The European Union and I believe yourselves. Could you please set this out in an xls spreadsheet showing location, date and number killed since the start of the programme to the present day. If this is too costly within the terms of The Act, please narrow this to The West Midlands county area- that is the boroughs of Birmingham and The Black country.
(ii) Could you please supply any direct factual evidence that you hold regards any ringed ruddy ducks in the UK reaching Spain that have subsequently bred with any Spanish White-headed ducks.
By factual I do not mean supposition, opinion or speculation by any civil servants , land owners or bird watching charities who have supported/taken part in this eradication scheme. If you do not hold any such factual direct evidence could you please confirm this.
(iii) Could you please confirm that any birds shot under this scheme on public or private land has only been possible with the agreement of the site owner or tenant.

I understand that under the act, I should be entitled to a response
within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received
this request. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future via the what do they know website address.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Carroll

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"we have no evidence of any ringed ruddy ducks from the Great Britain reaching Spain that have subsequently bred with any Spanish White-headed ducks. "
A costly European Union sponsored avian genocide fronted by the shooting lobby and animal eugenicist fanatics.

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