Canada geese are not native to this country, having been introduced from North America about 300 years ago. After the Second World War, they spread across the UK, becoming pests in some areas because they congregate in large numbers and can cause damage.
What geese migrate to UK in winter?
Large numbers of pink-footed geese arrive in the UK from their breeding grounds in Greenland and Iceland. Thousands spend the winter on the eastern coast of Scotland. These birds start to arrive from early to mid September, with numbers increasing up to mid October.
Can you shoot Canada geese UK?
The Canada goose, like all wild birds in Britain, is protected under the EC Wild Birds Directive implemented in Great Britain through the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended1. This Act makes it an offence to capture, kill or injure Canada geese, or to damage or take their nests or eggs.
Which birds migrate from UK to Africa?
The willow warbler is not alone in making this incredible journey. Many different birds, from swallows to ospreys, fly to the UK from Africa each year. Many others visit us in winter from colder northern regions, or briefly stop off here as they pass through.
What do geese eat UK?
Geese eat naturally eat grass and water plants. They only need small amounts of mixed corn, floating duck pellets or uncooked plain porridge oats as extras in their diet. Suitable food is available from the ice cream van or local pet shops.
Is it illegal to feed Canadian geese?
One word of caution for those who would like to feed the ducks and geese even more healthful, appropriate foods: Feeding wildlife is illegal in many areas, including on Forest Preserve District properties.