Pink-footed Geese feeding on school playing-fields. During the exceptionally severe winter of 1981/82, unprecedented numbers of Pink-footed Geese Anser brachyrhynchus were present on the southwest Lancashire and north Merseyside feeding grounds, notably in January 1982, when well over 30,000 were found. The frozen ground and partial snow cover made food harder to obtain, and the large flocks broke

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