Where do the geese go?
Understanding patterns of urban habitat use in overwintering light-bellied Brent geese in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown.
Ireland is vitally important for the light-bellied Brent goose Branta bernicla hrota coming from East Canada. Ireland hosts 95% of the flyway population every winter and provides essential feeding and roosting habitats at various sites across the country including Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. The public have played a key role in providing information and data for monitoring the geese and this shows the deep interest reflected in the community efforts and also the need for protection of this wonderful species.
Brent geese feed heavily on Seagrass ( Zostera spp.) however with diminishing resources and pressures on feeding areas, they are now increasingly using improved grasslands such as parks and pitches, adapting to the urban habitat of Dublin. Today internationally important numbers are now feeding in many non-designated sites adjacent to their more typical inter-tidal protected feeding areas.
This year Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council along with Dublin City Council have joined a Fingal County Council led project that aims to tag Brent geese in order to understand their movements within the Dublin area, including their use of non-designated sites.
We are asking for the help of the public to establish inland areas of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown where Brent geese have been seen or noted in the area of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown.
You can send the information on sightings of brent geese in inland areas of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown to the Biodiversity Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org