Geese be­gin an­nual ar­rival

Evening Express (City Final) - - Big Night Out -

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.”

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