More geese than ever at Montrose Basin as record is smashed again

85,632 pink-footed geese have been recorded at Montrose Basin
85,632 pink-footed geese have been recorded at Montrose Basin

Another year and another record has been smashed as more than 85,000 pink-footed geese are roosting on Montrose Basin.

Volunteers were up early on Sunday morning to tally the numbers of geese on the Basin as the Scottish Wildlife Trust had designs on breaking last year’s record when 78,970 birds were documented.

After last year’s total broke the previous 2010 record of 65,060, Montrose Basin ranger Anna Cheshier and the team of volunteers counted a colossal 85,632 pink-footed geese yesterday morning, meaning an extra 20,000 birds have flocked to the town in the last five years.

The count was part of the Icelandic Breeding Goose Census, which aims to chart the numbers of geese migrating to the UK each winter from Greenland and Iceland.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Wildlife Trust said: “The census was an opportunity for us to get an idea of the number of breeding geese in the UK as a whole.

“It also tells us that Montrose Basin is a good habitat for wintering birds as more and more arrive every each.”

Pink-footed geese descend on Montrose Basin each year, where they spend the winter months after making a 1,200km migration from Greenland and Iceland.

Around 372,000 pink-footed geese, roughly 90 per cent of the world’s population, spend the winter in the UK,

See more in this week’s Review.