The law as it stands for the preservation of wild birds generally is contained in a number of statutes with the Act of 1880 as the first, and principal, among them; that relating to wildfowl in particular is contained in an Act entitled the Wild Birds (Duck and Geese) Protection Act, 1939. This Act deals specifically with wild duck and geese as defined in it. Swans, and the generality of waders, are subject to the provisions of the general wild birds protection legislation.
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