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Common Name: Greylag Goose
Scientific Name: Anser anser
Anser anser, more commonly known as the Greylag Goose, is the ancestor of most domestic geese, and is the largest and bulkiest of the wild geese native to the UK and Europe.
In many parts of the UK it has been re-established by releasing birds in suitable areas, but the resulting flocks (often mixed with Canada geese) found around gravel pits, lakes and reservoirs all year round in southern Britain tend to be semi-tame. They are easily seen in lowland areas of the UK all year, sometimes even in suburban parks with lakes but especially on low-lying grassy fields in river valleys.
They can be seen all year round in the southern half of the UK; mostly September to March or April where wild visitors appear in the north. Their staple diet is grass, roots, cereal leaves and spilled grain.
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