Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)
Where to see them
Greylag geese are easily seen in lowland areas of the UK all year, sometimes even in suburban parks with lakes but especially on low-lying grassy fields in river valleys. Wild ones, however, are found mostly north of the Solway and can be seen at RSPB nature reserves such as Mersehead (Dumfries & Galloway), Vane Farm (Fife) and Loch of Strathbeg (Grampian) from September to April. Wild breeding greylags can be found at Forsinard (Caithnes & Sutherland).
When to see them
All year round in the south; mostly September to March or April where wild visitors appear in the north.
What they eat
Grass, roots, cereal leaves and spilled grain
|Europe||UK breeding*||UK wintering*||UK passage*|
|-||3,200 pairs (wild), 30,900 adults (feral)||140,000 British-breeding birds and 85,000 from Iceland||-|