White-fronted geese arrive at Pulborough Brooks nature reserve

THE arrival of some feathered guests at the RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve could be a sign of cold weather.

Last week the reserve reported a dozen white-fronted geese from northern Europe, which experts said can often be a warning of wintry weather to come. If the weather conditions in Russia and elsewhere are particularly severe, often more of these migratory geese turn up here in southern England.

Reserve site manager Pete Hughes said: “Last year we reported 115, the highest number on record for West Sussex – so we’re wondering if we’ll get a repeat performance this winter.”

Coming all the way from their breeding grounds in Siberia is the rarer and harder to spot yellow-browed warbler; the first ever recorded for Pulborough Brooks nature reserve, while another sight is its smallest bird, the goldcrest, which often arrive with an influx of winter thrushes and woodcock.