Greylag Goose (Anser anser)
Greylag Goose (Anser anser). Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on November 6th 2011.
Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on November 6th 2011.
(1/250th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Greylag Goose (Anser anser). Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on January 13th 2013.
Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on January 13th 2013.
(1/125th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 73 - 84 cm; WS: 150 - 170cm

The Greylag is a large goose, weighing in at between 5 and 12lb. It has a large head and almost triangular bill. The legs are pink, and the bird is easily identified in flight by the pale leading edge to the wing.

In Britain wild Greylags only breed in the Outer Hebrides and the northern mainland of Scotland. During the 20th century feral populations were established elsewhere, and they have now re-colonised much of England. Around 3200 wild pairs and 31000 feral pairs nest in the UK, while around 92000 birds over-winter here.

The breeding habitat is a variety of wetlands including marshes, lakes, and damp heather moors.

The Greylag is migratory, moving south or west in winter, but Scottish breeders, some other populations in northwestern Europe, and feral flocks are largely resident.

Its conservation status is vulnerable owing to small number of wild breeding pairs.


21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (56)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
28-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon

30-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
16-Dec-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (250+)
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (100+)
12-Oct-2017 : Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk (200+)
11-Oct-2017 : Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk (200+)
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (10)
05-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
31-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
17-Jun-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
02-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (6)
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon

13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
04-Sep-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
31-Jul-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
30-Mar-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
25-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
25-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
27-Feb-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon
25-Feb-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
07-Feb-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
04-Jan-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon

20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
06-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (150+)
24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (150+)
22-Oct-2015 : Snettisham, Norfolk (40+)
18-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
04-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Aug-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (100+)
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
06-Apr-2015 : Stratfield Brake, Oxon (3)
25-Mar-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
08-Mar-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
05-Mar-2015 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (7)

09-Nov-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (140+)
28-Sep-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
31-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
31-Jul-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
19-Jul-2014 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (2)
02-Jul-2014 : North Cave Wetlands, E. Yorkshire
30-Jun-2014 : Tophill Low, E. Yorks
16-Jun-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos (c.50)
06-Jun-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (8+)
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
22-May-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
15-May-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
12-May-2014 : Marston Meadows, Oxon
26-Apr-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Apr-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
30-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
30-Mar-2014 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon
19-Mar-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (4)
15-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Mar-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
09-Mar-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
05-Mar-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
01-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (10+)
26-Feb-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
02-Feb-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
22-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (4)
19-Jan-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (200+)