Barnacle geese
Barnacle geese © Eija Putkuri

Barnacle goose population declined in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area

Press release  08/5/2016 Finnish Environment Institute
The total number of barnacle geese grazing on the park lawns of Helsinki and eastern Espoo declined by four per cent compared to 2015. The number of goslings almost halved, declining by 46 per cent, compared to last year. This year, researchers from the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) counted a total of 5,720 barnacle geese, of which 484 were goslings. Read more

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