Wildlife advent calendar: Day 9: Barnacle geese
Another winter visitor to the UK that, in my experience, you are more likely to hear before you see. Barnacle geese are very sociable birds and you will very often see them moving in groups making loud yapping noises as they fly past.
Barnacle geese arrive in the UK in October and depart again in March where they head north to their breeding grounds in Greenland and also Spitzbergen on Svalbard. Popular places to see barnacle geese include Solway Firth and also WWT’s Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, where Autumnwatch was filmed earlier this year.
The timing of migration and height at which they fly is studied to see how wind farms, both offshore and onshore are having an effect populations of the travelling barnacle geese.
Photo taken from Flickr User Randi Hausken