A winter visitor from the north which arrives in Britain in October, and is found most frequently on the west coast. If not disturbed by shooting, it grazes in the daytime on grassland and marshes and is also fond of potato fields. At dusk it flies in long sinuous V formations to estuary or sandbank where it spends the night.
The young birds are without the white forehead and the black marks on the breast. In March the white-fronted geese leave Britain for their summer breeding grounds in Greenland, Iceland and Siberia.