Tayside and Central Scotland

Pink-footed geese land at Montrose Basin

Pink-footed geese Image copyright Harry Bickerstaff
Image caption A record 85,632 geese were counted at the reserve in 2015

The first of tens of thousands of pink-footed geese have arrived at an Angus reserve following a 1,200km migration from Iceland and Greenland.

About 1,075 birds have landed at Scottish Wildlife Trust's Montrose Basin reserve, with numbers expected to reach a peak in October.

A record 85,632 geese were counted at the reserve in 2015.

The basin is home to a range of winter migrants including wigeon, teal, and greenshank.

Scottish Wildlife Trust ranger Anna Cheshier said: "The reserve is internationally important for pink-footed geese, around one in five of the world population winters here.

"The sight of tens of thousands of geese taking off and landing en masse is one of Scotland's natural wonders, and our visitor centre offers people some of the best close-up views of these incredible birds in the UK.

"Numbers have risen steadily over the last few years, so another record count is possible next month."

Image copyright Adam McClure
Image caption The geese migrate from Iceland and Greenland

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