For the purposes of our bird news services, this species is classed as Common: common species, including species that are certain or probable escapees from captivity when occurring in the British Isles. (Note that rarity levels are currently applied nationally and may not reflect local variations in abundance.)
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Accepted historical records for Red-breasted Goose (88)
Red-breasted Goose has been reported in the following areas (Bird News Extra subscribers can see a list of all records, as well as charts and graphs analysing the data by area, year, month, age and sex):
Angus/Dundee (1) Argyll (2) Clyde (1) Cumbs (2) Devon (1) Dorset (4) Dumf & Gall (3) E Sussex (1) E Yorks (1) Essex (8) Fife (1)
Forth (1) Glos (7) Hants (4) Highland (2) IOW (1) Jersey (2) Kent (6) Lancs (1) Lincs (4) London (1) Moray/Nairn (2)
The 'Branta' geese form an extremely attractive group of birds, with most interest in recent years focussed on 'brent geese' and 'canada geese': the former for potential species 'splits' and the latter for the identification of vagrants amongst wild geese flocks in northwest Scotland and Ireland. read on
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