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GWCT Species of the Month: Brent Goose

Late autumn heralds the arrival of many species of wintering birds to UK shores, including our smallest migratory goose, the brent goose (Branta bernicla).

Some 100,000 brents will spend the milder winter here. Weighing little more than a bag of sugar and no bigger than a mallard, they can be spotted on saltmarshes, rocky coastlines, sheltered bays and beaches between now and February. Unlike many other resident or migratory geese, they don’t tend to range inland very far and prefer to stay on the coast.

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