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Global goose spectacle at Loch of Strathbeg

Last modified: 06 October 2014

Pink-footed goose flock taking flight

Image: Chris Gomersall

A nature reserve in northeast Scotland is inviting people to join them for a fun-packed family day this weekend to celebrate the return of huge numbers of pink-footed geese. 

A staggering 64,655 geese were counted at the reserve on 1 October, the highest number since September 2005.

Craig Shepherd from RSPB Scotland said: “I’m delighted that so many geese have returned to Loch of Strathbeg in time for our Goose Fair this weekend. There will be local craft stalls and plenty of family activities and face-painting fun. I hope people stay afterwards to watch as the geese return to roost at the loch too. It really is a must-see wildlife experience.” 

Pink-footed geese nest in Iceland and Greenland in the spring and summer. In autumn, they head south and thousands, up to 30% of the world’s population, visit RSPB Loch of Strathbeg.  The geese have a predictable daily routine, sleeping at the loch and then feeding on farmland during the day. Their early morning departure provides one of nature’s most incredible spectacles, but watching them return to roost in the evening can be impressive.

The Goose Fair is on Saturday 11 October from 10 am until 4 pm at the visitor centre. There are also dawn Goosewatches planned throughout November.

For more information about visiting Loch of Strathbeg and enjoying the spectacular geese contact the reserve on 01346 532017 or or visit, or 

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