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The Truce Goose raised questions about the disputes on Islay between farmers, conservationists and other islanders. Barnacle geese were prevalent in Islay and to conserve their numbers, farmers were given compensation when the birds ate their crops.

It was positioned on a lochan, alongside the road between the airport and Bowmore, and was 6m long and 5m tall. The Truce Goose was made out of fence posts and fertiliser bags.

George Wyllie said that he thought the real endangered species was the native Gaels, the people of Islay, some of whom had left the island to find work.

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