Geese begin annual arrival
AN ADVANCE party of pink-footed geese has arrived ahead of the annual bird influx that marks one of the most spectacular nature events in the North-east.
Around 300 pinkfooted geese have been recorded at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s (SWT) Montrose Basin reserve – with tens of thousands of others due to touch down within the next few weeks.
The birds are the first to arrive from Iceland following a 1,200-kilometre migration and their numbers have been rising for several years.
Last year an incredible 90,000 geese were recorded on the reserve.
SWT ranger Anna Cheshier said: “Now that the first few hundred pink-footed geese have arrived we’d expect them to come in very quickly, with numbers peaking in midoctober. Montrose Basin is internationally important for these birds.”