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Here are three sites at which you could stage your own Goose Fest – each has a va­ri­ety of wild goose species, plus other wild­fowl and a big sup­port­ing cast in­clud­ing rap­tors.

CLEY MARSHES NWT: North Nor­folk is blessed with a great va­ri­ety of win­ter­ing geese. Pink-footed and Brent dom­i­nate, though, and large skeins of both will be en­coun­tered over­head. It’s when th­ese flocks are grounded that there’s the best chance of pick­ing out some­thing rarer, like a Bean Goose or a Black Brant. Visit web­site:

RATTRAY HEAD, ABERDEEN­SHIRE: A to­tal of 70,000 Pink-footed Geese roost on the neigh­bour­ing Loch of Strath­beg RSPB re­serve and feed in the fields around Rattray Head. The two sites are also good for other wild­fowl, such as Whooper Swans. Rap­tors will un­doubt­edly be present. RSPB web­site:

FERRY BRIDGE, PORT­LAND, DORSET: Foul­ness, Es­sex and Framp­ton Marsh, Lin­colnshire, get su­perb con­gre­ga­tions of dark-bel­lied birds, whereas Holy Is­land, Northum­ber­land, and Strang­ford Loch, North­ern Ire­land, of­fer ex­cel­lent pale-bel­lied en­coun­ters. But Ferry Bridge of­fers high vol­umes of con­fid­ing dark-bel­lied Brent Geese, with the flock fre­quently har­bour­ing At­lantic va­grants, Black Brants.

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