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Barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis) at Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve ©Lorne Gill/SNH.  For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

Wintering geese

Geese from Greenland, Svalbard and Iceland visit Scotland in internationally important numbers every winter.

Impressive flocks of geese are one of Scotland’s most famous wildlife spectacles. But, in some areas, growing goose numbers have led to an increase in agricultural damage.

In Scotland, you can see:

Protection of geese

Find out how Scotland’s wild birds are protected.

Learn about birds and licensing.

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