TAIGA BEAN GOOSE Anser fabalis

Formerly treated as one species, the two bean geese have been split on the basis of their habitats as much as anything. As its name suggests, taiga breeds in bogs, marshes and pools in the taiga forest belt from northern Scandinavia east across Russia. Numbers wintering in the UK have been much reduced of late, birds in Norfolk restricted to a few near the old site in the Yare Valley. There are still reasonable numbers in the Slammanan valley in Scotland, but fewer than in the past. This, as with all geese, does not necessarily reflect on the numbers in existence, since wintering areas are often determined by weather patterns.

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