Nature reserve visitors invited to have a gander at geese

image copyrightAdam McClure
image captionAbout 300 pink-footed geese have already been recorded at the reserve

The first flock of pink-footed geese has arrived at an Angus reserve following a 1,200km migration.

About 300 of the birds have been recorded at the Scottish Wildlife Trust's Montrose Basin Wildlife Reserve.

The birds are the first of tens of thousands of pink-footed geese that are expected to arrive from Iceland between now and October.

Last year, a record 90,000 geese were recorded at the reserve.

Scottish Wildlife Trust ranger Anna Cheshier said: "Now that the first few hundred pink-footed geese have arrived we'd expect them to come in very quickly, with numbers peaking in mid-October.

"Montrose Basin is internationally important for these birds.

"Around one-fifth of the world's population winters or passes through the reserve each year.

"The sight and sound of them gathering in large numbers on the basin is a real herald of autumn,

"I'd encourage people to come and see them for themselves over the coming weeks."

image copyrightSteven Gardner
image captionA record 90,000 geese arrived at the reserve last year

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