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Western populations leave breeding grounds in late September to late October for wintering areas in the British Isles, mainly in Scotland, fewer in England and now rare in Ireland. Return movement is mid-April to mid-May, peaking in late April. Birds from Svalbard leave breeding grounds in late August to September and pass down the coast of Norway to winter in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. In severe winters some reach Britain and northern France. Returning birds begin to gather in Denmark in March and leave there during April-May. Small numbers breed ferally in Britain.
The Svalbard population has tripled its size since the 1960's.
Pink-footed goose has in the past been included in Bean Goose.
Breeds on tundra, rock outcrops or low cliffs. In winter feeds on grassland, stubble and crop fields close to estuaries, lakes and reservoirs for roosting.
Breeds singly or in loose colonies. They nest on the ground.
Year round have been quick to discover new resources when available, such as new green winter fields due to changes in agricultural habits and they seem also to expand their breeding areas in Svalbard as temperatures are increasing.
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