Photograph taken at the London Wetland Centre in Barnes. London Wetland Centre
The red-breasted goose breeds in Arctic Siberia. Most winter along the northwestern shores of theBlack Sea in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine (occasionally moving further southwest to Greece), but some winter in Azerbaijan. It is a rare vagrant to Great Britain and other western European areas, where it is sometimes found with flocks of Brent or barnacle geese. However, since it is common in captive wildfowl collections, escapees outside its usual range are fairly frequent.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust WWT has long been involved with Red-breast conservation, leading the development of an International Action Plan, bringing together experts to identify threats to the species and devise conservation solutions.