The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust has been studying the movements and survival of Pink-footed Geese since the 1950s. Renewed interest in Pinkfeet began again in 1987 and since then, over 6,000 geese have been caught and ringed in Lancashire, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, as well as on their breeding grounds in Iceland.
Thanks to the support of DONG Energy, WWT has begun a study that will tell us more about the impact of wind farms on Pink-footed Geese. The knowledge gained will enable us to estimate the risk of collision with wind turbines to Pink-footed Geese in Britain and learn how these birds negotiate wind farms and other structures in the landscape. Although most data will be collected using GPS tags fitted to individual birds, many other birds have been captured as part of these catches and colour-marked with conventional leg rings and neck collars. Together with recent catching efforts by Grampian Ringing Group this has seen a large increase in the number of colour-marked individuals out in the field.
Thanks to dedicated ring readers in Norfolk, Lancashire and some areas of Scotland we are receiving good numbers of sightings, however, we are keen to increase this network of ring readers to other areas of the birds’ range and also within Iceland. Sightings of leg rings and neck collars are always welcome and any sightings can be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org. All observations will be acknowledged with ringing details and a history of the marked bird(s) seen.
Several different colour marks are used as part of this study, including leg rings and neck collars. For further information on the ring and collar combinations used to date, please see the Pink-footed Goose colour-marking section of our website.
When reporting a sighting of a marked bird, please also send us the following information:
- When and where the bird(s) was seen, including the grid reference or coordinates of the location.
- The species.
- The colour, code and position (e.g. left leg, right leg) of the colour-ring or other mark.
- Your name and contact details.
If possible, it is also very helpful to get a count of the size of the flock the marked birds were in, and a simple description of the habitat (e.g. stubble field, winter cereal field, grassland).
If you require further information, please contact us.