The White-front on this goose is found only on its forehead and not as you might expect, on its chest. Geese of other species may sometimes show a thin line of white around the base of the bill but only in the White-front does this make a
conspicuous splodge. Unfortunately, juveniles don't have white fronts at all. They don't look as dark on the head and neck as Pink-feet or Bean Geese and their bill shape is similar to a Greylag's. However, White-fronts have a smaller bill, orange legs and a dark facial area in front of the eye. In flight their white face patches and black lines across the belly eliminate the other species
Winters on fields, wet grassland, salt marshes and estuaries.
The nominate race winters in variable numbers in southeast England, East Anglia and Wales. Good sites include Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, the Isle of Sheppey in Kent and Holkham on the North Norfolk coast. The Greenland race Anser albifrons flavirostris winters mainly in western Scotland and the Inner Hebrides, particularly on Islay. The most important wintering areas include the island of Islay (Scotland), Slimbridge (England), Friesland (Holland) and Kardoskut (Hungary).
The entire population of Greenland White-fronts winters in Britain (about 13700 birds) or Ireland (about 4 000). About 6100 European White-fronts also winter in Britain, only a fraction of the total population. Larger numbers (up to 13 000) come to Britain if the weather on the continent becomes particularly severe.
About 400 000 of the nominate race winter in NW Europe, plus many more in southeastern Europe. There are about 16 000 of the Greenland race, wintering entirely in Britain and Ireland