Barnacle Goose - Branta leucopsis


Smaller than the more common Canada Goose, it has a grey back, black neck and white face.

Identification difficulty

Estuaries, coastal, lakes & reservoirs.

When to see it

October to March.

Life History

This bird is a vegetarian, eating grass, seeds and small plants. It likes to graze on grassland near to water. It breeds in northern Scandinavia and Russia but some migrate to Britain in the winter.

UK Status

It is most commonly seen in the north-west of Scotland and around the coast in Ireland but occasional birds turn up in Leicestershire and Rutland.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map