Rare Goose arrives at WWT Caerlaverock

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Wednesday 14th November 2007

An rare adult Red-breasted Goose was seen feeding at the Caerlaverock WWT reserve with a flock of Barnacle Geese yesterday morning. An endangered species listed on the IUCN Red List, these birds usually spend the winter in Bulgaria or Romania, migrating from Arctic Russia where they breed during the summer months. Their population has declined by over 50% in the past 10 years and is the subject of a major conservation project by Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.
The origins of the bird are unknown as it does not carry any rings but it appears to be fit and helathy. More information can be found on the WWT website.

Red-breasted Goose at WWT Caerlaverock (©Brian Morrell) Red-breasted Goose at WWT Caerlaverock (©Brian Morrell)