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General11 July 2023

Leeds Castle Welcomes Egyptian Geese Goslings, A Historic Breeding Event at the Castle

Leeds Castle is thrilled to announce a momentous occasion in its rich history – the successful breeding of Egyptian Geese goslings! This unprecedented feat marks the first time ever that Egyptian Geese have been bred at Leeds Castle, adding a new chapter to the Castle’s commitment to conservation and wildlife protection.

Nestled in the picturesque countryside of Kent, Leeds Castle has built a reputation as a world-class heritage site, attracting thousands of visitors each year. With its stunning gardens and awe-inspiring architecture, the Castle has always been dedicated to preserving its natural surroundings, making it an ideal habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Egyptian Geese, native to Africa; mainly eastern and southern areas of the continent, have found a safe haven at Leeds Castle, thanks to the Castle’s commitment to conservation efforts. The Egyptian Geese population has been steadily growing at Leeds Castle, with the recent breeding of several goslings being a significant milestone in sustaining their presence on the Castle grounds.

“We are thrilled to welcome these adorable Egyptian Geese goslings to Leeds Castle. This successful breeding event is not only a testament to our dedication to preserving and nurturing wildlife, but also a milestone in our continuous efforts to provide a thriving ecosystem for various avian species,” said Mark Brattle, Falconry & Wildlife Manager at Leeds Castle.

“These really are the most beautiful geese, easily identified by their long pink legs and chestnut eye rings. The babies have grey fur with brown stripes all over their body, very cute!”

Witnessing the development of these marvellous creatures is a unique experience that adds further depth to the overall visitor experience at Leeds Castle. Visitors, avid birdwatchers, and nature enthusiasts will now have the opportunity to observe and learn about the life cycle of these charming goslings up close.

As Leeds Castle continues to prioritise the conservation of its natural environments, this breeding success story serves as a reminder of the significant role that the Castle plays in protecting and promoting biodiversity in the region. It reflects the commitment of Leeds Castle to preserve and enrich the historical, cultural, and natural heritage for generations to come.

For more information on Wildlife at Leeds Castle, please visit our Wildlife Wonders page.