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Brent Geese Arrive At Strangford Lough

Oct
23
2018

Bird Watchers are celebrating the return of their favourite arctic arrivals - the light-bellied brent geese to Strangford Lough.

Each October around 25,000 light-bellied Brent Geese make the gruelling 3,000 mile journey with their young from the Arctic Canada. Like their ancestors before them the birds leave Canada in late summer. Most will arrive on the mud flats of Strangford to refuel on the nutritious eel grass that grows in abundance here.

The Wildfowl & Wetland Trust (WWT) run a successful tagging programme which commenced in 2003. There is lots of information being gathered about the habits of these visiting birds including their life span which is around 10-15 years, and their mating preferences. 

Discover these facinating birds for yourself at Castle Espie Wetland Centre following the Wildlife Wander Trail this Autumn/Winter.

Image courtesty of Castle Espie

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