Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)
Where to see them
Estuaries and saltmarshes. Main concentrations of dark-bellied birds in the Wash, the North Norfolk coastal marshes, Essex estuaries, the Thames Estuary and Chichester and Langstone Harbours. Most light-bellied birds are found at Strangford Lough and Lough Foyle, N Ireland and at Lindisfarne, Northumberland.
When to see them
Birds arrive in October and depart again in March.
What they eat
Vegetation, especially eel-grass.
|Europe||UK breeding*||UK wintering*||UK passage*|
|-||-||91,000 'dark-bellied' birds, 27,000 'light-bellied' from the Canadian breeding population and 3,400 'light-bellied' from the Svalbard population||-|