Importance of Ireland's Brent Geese

In his account of 'Ireland's winter visitors and passage migrants', C. D. Hutchinson (Brit. Birds 73: 72-80) noted that the Brent Goose Branta bernicla is now the most numerous goose in Ireland and concluded that 'The Irish birds are of interest mainly as the European representatives of a population which winters commonly on the Atlantic coast of North America and

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