Feral adult Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) at Derwent Water, Cumbria -April 2010
Weight: 1000-2250gLength: 55-70cm
UK AMBER LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
Barnacle Geese are a slightly difficult bird to accurately designate, and it's not helped by the fact that this bird is quite probably a feral specimen. However, in summary they are a species which arrives during the winter in Scotland and Northern Ireland from Greenland and Svalbard. While relatively numerous where they do arrive, the fact it's in a relatively out the way location for only half the year means that unless you happen to be in the right place in Winter they are much harder to see. The native feral population, which according to the RSPB website numbers about three thousand is probably a much more viable bet and can be found anywhere, though resident flocks in the Lake District are probably some of the better bets.
Related Species:Order: Anseriformes
Subspecies: none - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Breeds locally (900 pairs) and local Winter visitor (58,000 birds from Greenland,33,000 from Svalbard). Also feral (3000 birds).