Ireland hosts the vast majority of this relatively small (40,000 strong) population of light-bellied brent goose during the winter months, making it the single most important waterbird species in the country in purely numerical terms. It is a high-arctic migrant, breeding as far north as any bird in the world (northern Ellesmere Island, Canada) and is one of relatively few species with a routine trans-Atlantic migration.
Our broad group are actively involved in a range of long-term research projects examining many aspects of the species ecology and involves activities over 30 degrees of latitude from northern France to the high-arctic breeding grounds. Our principal study areas are a range of sites around the Irish coast, Alftanes in SW Iceland and various field sites in the Queen Elizabeth Islands in Arctic Canada.
On these pages you will find further details on the project by using the navigation links to the left.