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Goose  Barnacle Geese

Barnacle Goose - Photo  Copyright 2007 Jo Hobart
Photo: Jo Hobart

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Latin name: Branta leucopsis

Size: Wingspan approximately 140cm.

Seen in many parts of the UK with highest numbers found in on the Solway Firth bordering England and Scotland, and on Islay, Scotland.

Months seen: October to March.

Habitat: Coastal grassland and marshland.

Food: Leaves, roots, and seeds.

Special features: The Barnacle goose is a winter visitor to the UK, arriving from Svalbard and Greenland in the Autumn.

It has a white face, black head, breast and legs. The belly and flanks are silver-grey. The back and wings feature black and grey spars.

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