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WATCH: Caerlaverock at dawn

It's the culmination of an epic journey, from a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean to Dumfries and Galloway.

The entire barnacle geese population from Svalbard off the coast of Norway will winter on the Solway Firth.

After almost dying out in the 1940s, at its peak, more than 35,000 are set to arrive here this year.

Many have already made the journey.


Geese swoop on Solway Firth

The geese have returned. Credit: ITV Border

Tens of thousands of barnacle geese have begun arriving in the region for winter on the Solway Firth.

The birds have travelled from a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean. They draw in bird watchers from all over the UK.

It's definitely one of the best wildlife spectacles in the UK certainly through the winter, it's just incredible, the sight and sound of all of these geese, thousands and thousands of geese is just spectacular"

– Joe Bilous, Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

Full report: Wildlife rangers join forces to monitor geese on Windermere

In 2012 there was a row over proposals to cull 200 Canada Geese on Windermere.

It was postponed and now the two sides are working together on a plan to manage the problem.

The RSPCA, who were opposed to killing the birds, and rangers from the national park have joined forces.

Hundreds of the geese have now been ringed in an attempt to track their movements, as Samantha Parker reports:

Joint operation to manage geese in Cumbria

A joint operation between the RSPCA and the Windermere Geese Management Group is being carried out to help understand and track geese in the area.

By ringing a number of birds, experts and wildlife officers are hoping to monitor where the geese come from and why.

"We are doing this to better understand where the geese come from and why.

"We may find that some of the geese are resident in Windermere all year round and that others are just visiting. The answers will help to inform the management of them in future.

"How it works is you ring a number of birds, using highly visible rings, over a number of years and wait for them to be seen and reported."

– Adam Grogan, Senior scientific officer, RSPCA Wildlife Department