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In Dumfries and Galloway we have a small wintering population of light bellied brent geese.
These fascinating birds migrate 5,000km from Canada each year to spend the winter on our coastline. Most of the population winter in Ireland, but we have a small population on the coasts of West Galloway where they feed on eel grass during the winter.
We will use binoculars and telescopes to look at the geese and other birds on Loch Ryan. Experts will be on-hand to help with identification and to tell you all about these incredible birds and their migration.
This event is in partnership with Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere, British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and Scottish Ornithologists Club (SOC).
Please bring warm clothes, suitable footwear and optics if you have them.