At the weekend I spent an extremely enjoyable day with my parents and my better half, Lisa at Holkham NNR in North Norfolk. We went to see the spectacle that is thousands of Pink-footed Geese feeding on the saltmarsh and surrounding fields.
This goose comes to Britain in the winter to escape the cold of Iceland and Greenland. There are over 240,000 birds that make this trip each year and numbers are on the increase thanks to a number of factors, including larger fields which makes finding food easier and better protection given at the winter roosts. They feed on vegetable matter including grain, winter cereals, potatoes and grass and although they do graze farmland they seldom do any economic damage.
A truly magical spectacle, especially when thousands of these geese fly directly overhead, with the noise being quite unbelievable!