Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

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The Canada Goose is our largest goose and maybe our most familiar. They are a common bird across most of the country, nesting on park lakes, flooded gravel pits and reservoirs. Canada Geese are not native to this country, having been introduced from North America about 300 years ago. After the Second World War, they spread across the UK, becoming pests in some areas as they congregate in large numbers and cause damage.

How to identify

The Canada Goose is a large goose, with a black neck and head and white cheek patches.

Where to find it

Found almost throughout the country, except the north of Scotland.


When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Canada Geese can be a serious pest, nosily flocking at park lakes, decimating crops and leaving large quantities of excrement. But out on lakes and reservoirs, they can mostly live without cause for concern. The Wildlife Trusts work with pest controllers to find the most wildlife-friendly solutions to some of our everyday problems. You can help by avoiding feeding these birds at local parks and rivers.

Species information

Common name
Canada Goose
Latin name
Branta canadensis
Length: 55-100cm Wingspan: 1.6m Weight: 4.6kg Average Lifespan: 6 years
Conservation status
Introduced species.