The Greylag goose is the ancestor of most domestic geese, the greylag is the largest and bulkiest of the wild geese native to the UK and Europe. In many parts of the UK it has been re-established by releasing birds in suitable areas, but the resulting flocks (often mixed with Canada geese) found around gravel pits, lakes and reservoirs all year round in southern Britain tend to be semi-tame and uninspiring. The native birds and wintering flocks found in Scotland retain the special appeal of truly wild geese.
What they eat:
Grass, roots, cereal leaves and spilled grain.
Wingspan: 147-180 cm
UK breeding: 46,000 pairs
UK wintering: 140,000 British-breeding birds and 88,000 from Iceland
Knole Park is a 383.4-hectare (947-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Sevenoaks in Kent. About 43 acres of the park belongs to the National Trust as does Knole House that sits within it. The remaining parkland is privately owned. It is in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The park has acidic woodland, parkland, woods and ponds. It has the best ancient woodland invertebrates in the county, including the nationally rare beetle Platypus cylindrus and several nationally scarce species, and it also has a rich fungus flora.
The park is open to the public.