Up to 14,000 Brent geese fly from the Arctic Circle to Strangford Lough every year. The long flight takes about a week and happens during winter while their breeding grounds are frozen over. Other migrants to this area include terns, who spend the winter in warmer climates and come north to breed. Brent geese arrive to take advantage of the abundant eel grass found on mudflats. While some fly on to other parts of Ireland, the majority remain close to Strangford Lough.
- This clip is from:
- First broadcast:
- 15 April 2008
After watching this clip, children can explain ways in which Brent geese have adapted for survival. Brent geese may also be used as a case study to identify key processes of living things. Pupils could go on to conduct research projects on other bird species and how they are adapted to their habitats.