|The Reserve is home to 50% of the worlds population .|
The Light-Bellied Brent Geese (LBB) that Lindisfarne NNR is home to from September – March breed in the High Arctic, primarily Svalbard, east Greenland and Franz Josef Land. The Reserve is home to approx. 50% of the world population with Denmark accommodating the remaining birds.
|Light-bellied brent geese are landing back on the Reserve.|
During the early 20th century the population numbered around 50,000 birds until a massive loss of the key Zostera beds on the continent and/or human over-exploitation resulted in a massive collapse of the population to 1500-2000 birds in the early 1970s. The population has slowly grown to approx. 8700 (2015 spring staging census) .
The draw for the LBB is the extensive Zostera (eel grass) beds that the Reserve provides.
|Zostera - the big draw for Light-Bellied Brent|
We've been seeing groups of Light Bellied Brent Geese returning to the Reserve over the past couple of days and our Fenham-le-Moor hide is a great place to observe one of our rarest geese.
(All pictures (c) JJD)