Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)
Where to see them
Visit gravel pits, lakes, reservoirs and coastal wetlands in winter. To see breeding gadwalls look in the shallow edges of lakes and gravel pits where there is vegetation - mainly in the Midlands and south-east of England, eastern central Scotland, eastern Northern Ireland and the south-east of Ireland, and south-east Wales.
When to see them
Anytime of year, but chances are better in winter when numbers increase as birds migrate to spend the winter in the UK, away from harsher continental weather.
What they eat
Stems, leaves and seeds.
|Europe||UK breeding*||UK wintering*||UK passage*|
|-||690-1,730 pairs||25,000 birds||-|