We caught our first glimpse of the Pink-footed Geese on the 31st of August, and then again just recently on the 11th of September, 65 were seen roosting on the sandbank behind the Seals. This time last year there were over 100 recorded on the Basin. So the numbers are not too far off from last year.
Over the next few weeks we expect their numbers to steadily increase, with previous years reaching around 63,000 individuals at their peak. An awe inspiring sight!
This photograph taken a few years ago by an SWT volunteer, beautifully illustrates how spectacular the Geese flying out can be. If you agree, then why not come along to our Goose Breakfast event on the 28th of September!
Last year at the Goose Breakfast there were more than 20,000 Geese on the Basin, so it’s well worth the effort of getting up early if you wish to see the sunrise and the geese lift off. Our Ranger Anna Cheshier will take you to a fabulous location to watch the sunrise and give you an informative talk about the Geese and the Basin. Afterwards it’s back to the Visitor Centre for a question and answer session with Anna, breakfast and a cup of tea. It’s a 6:30 am start from the Visitor Centre so please wrap up warm. Booking is essential as this is a popular event. Adults £8, Children £4, 01674 676336.
If getting up early for the Pink-footed Geese is not your thing then why not come along to the Centre during the day. Common sightings this week include the Kingfisher, Redshank, Greenshank, Oystercatcher and Grey Heron to name just a few.
Why not bring the kids along on the 20th of September for our event;
‘An introduction to bird watching for children’
£4 per child, it’s a 1pm start with expert help in the basics of identification and the opportunity to try out your newly honed skills.
See you all soon
Visitor Centre Assistant Manager – Emma Castle-Smith