Greylag Goose

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The ancestor of most domestic geese, the greylag is the largest and bulkiest of the wild geese native to the UK and Europe.

In many parts of the UK it has been re-established by releasing birds in suitable areas, but the resulting flocks (often mixed with Canada geese) found around gravel pits, lakes and reservoirs all year round in southern Britain tend to be semi-tame and uninspiring. The native birds and wintering flocks found in Scotland retain the special appeal of truly wild geese.

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When to see

They can be seen all year round in different habitats.

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Where to see

They are seen in large numbers in estuaries and wetlands during the winter. In the summer, Greylag Geese breed near lochs and rivers.

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Did you know?

They are very protective of their nests during breeding season, however, once the chicks are a bit older, they will leave the nest and form nurseries where several families join together.

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Whooper Swan

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When to see

They can be seen all year round in different habitats.

Map Icon Blue
Where to see

They are seen in large numbers in estuaries and wetlands during the winter. In the summer, Greylag Geese breed near lochs and rivers.

Book Icon Blue
Did you know?

They are very protective of their nests during breeding season, however, once the chicks are a bit older, they will leave the nest and form nurseries where several families join together.

Dolphin Icon Blue
Related species

Whooper Swan

Binoculars Icon Blue
When to see

They can be seen all year round in different habitats.

Map Icon Blue
Where to see

They are seen in large numbers in estuaries and wetlands during the winter. In the summer, Greylag Geese breed near lochs and rivers.

Book Icon Blue
Did you know?

They are very protective of their nests during breeding season, however, once the chicks are a bit older, they will leave the nest and form nurseries where several families join together.

Dolphin Icon Blue
Related species

Whooper Swan