NUM­BERS

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Es­ti­mated num­bers of pink-footed geese reg­u­larly win­ter­ing in the UK vary enor­mously, but ap­pear to have risen dra­mat­i­cally from a low of around 30,000 in 1950 to over 350,000 since the turn of the cen­tury. The Scot­tish Wildlife Trust put the to­tal at 372,000 – 90 per cent of the world pop­u­la­tion! The in­crease is mainly at­trib­uted to in­creased pro­tec­tion on both their sum­mer breed­ing grounds and tra­di­tional win­ter roosts.

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