A common visitor to Dorset harbours in winter
Brent Goose: cometh the autumn cometh the geese
A small number of early arrivals start returning about week 34 in late August but the main return seems to kick off a couple of weeks later in week 36 in September and they are then regularly reported throughout the winter until the following spring when they have mostly all gone by week 17 at the end of April. A very small number of reports come in during the summer months but these are the exception and are probably of the odd bird not fit enough to travel the extreme distance to the breeding grounds.
As with many of our wintering waterfowl species the distribution map shows clusters of reports from Christchurch harbour, Poole harbour and the Fleet with odd passage sightings from other coastal locations. Whilst Ferrybridge has by far the most reports the largest population is certainly in and around Poole harbour where they are seen at nearly all of the disperate sites around the harbour. They are less common in Christchurch harbour and at sites further up the Fleet.
For the best chance of seeing Brent geese I would suggest the Middlebere channel viewed from the Coombe viewpoint at Arne but at the right state of the tide obviously Ferrybridge is likely to reward you.
|Common Name||Brent Goose|
|Scientific Name||Branta bernicla|
|Species Group||Birds Geese|
Smallish compact geese in often in flocks, sometimes quite large gatherings can be seen
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