Tayside and Central Scotland

Record number of geese wintering at Montrose Basin

Geese Image copyright Scottish Wildlife Trust

A record number of pink-footed geese have flocked to a wildlife reserve at Montrose Basin for the winter.

A total of 70,153 geese were recorded at the Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve, having flown 1,200km (745 miles) from Greenland and Iceland.

The previous record number counted by volunteers at the site was 65,060, set in 2010.

Around 90% of the world's population of pink-footed geese spend the winter in the UK.

Caroline Hendry, who manages the Scottish Wildlife Trust visitor centre at Montrose Basin, said the number of geese coming to Montrose was "truly exceptional".

"Seeing these amazing creatures en masse is breathtaking for anyone lucky enough to witness it," she said.

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