Greylag Goose occurs in Asia and Europe. European nesting population winters mainly in Doñana, Spain. The numbers are currently increasing. The major threats for the species are hunting, poisoning from ingested lead shot as well as habitat destruction.
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS, or Bonn Convention) as migratory species that is requiring international cooperation.
■ Listed in Appendix III of the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats as a protected fauna species.
■ Listed in Annex II of EU Council Directive 2009/147/EC on the Conservation of wild birds (the Birds Directive).
■ An especially protected species with restricted use in Latvia (the Cabinet of Ministers' Regulations No. 396 on November 14, 2000).
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Aves – birds
■ Order Anseriformes – waterfowl
■ Family Anatidae – ducks, geese and swans
■ Species Anser anser – Greylag Goose