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08/01/2016 Glengoyne Supports WWT Mission

Glengoyne supports WWT in mission to save the Greenland white-fronted goose Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is proud to continue its very successful relationship with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and support their latest campaign to save the endangered Greenland white-fronted goose.

Working closely with WWT, Glengoyne will support the initiative to assist the WWT in carefully undertaking planned research to help understand the rapid population decline of these geese.

Iain Weir, Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distillers who own Glengoyne said: “We are pleased to be supporting this initiative and continuing our work with the WWT, especially when the work is so focused on Scottish wildlife. “Glengoyne is known as the 'glen of the wild geese' in Gaelic, so it couldn’t be more fitting.

There is also a small local flock of Greenland white-fronted geese close to us in Loch Lomond. Alongside the tremendous team at the WWT, we hope our support will help reverse the decline”.

The WWT has been closely linked with the bird since its discovery in the late 1940s and the campaign comes on the back of the Greenland white-fronts bringing fewer offspring back to their British and Irish wintering sites now than in the past.

Ed Burrell, Research Officer for WWT said: “We are delighted that Glengoyne is instrumental in supporting this particular campaign, especially as it’s a cause close to their heart. Alongside Glengoyne, we are working with our partners at Scottish Natural Heritage, and at the Universities of Aarhus and Exeter, to try to save the Greenland white-fronted goose. We are planning more research to understand what is behind the rapid population crash, and to test potential solutions.

“The work will be spread across multiple wintering sites in western and northern Scotland, over several years.”

The Greenland white-fronted goose is an extraordinary animal only discovered 60 years ago, by WWT founder, Sir Peter Scott, alongside Christopher Dalgety. It nests in West Greenland beside the ice cap, stops off for a month in spring and autumn in Iceland, and winters in the Celtic Fringe of the British Isles.

Glengoyne supports WWT in mission to save the Greenland white-fronted goose