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

Posted on 04 May 2016 by Glengoyne Distillery

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

Working closely with WWT and researchers, Glengoyne will provide collateral to support the initiative and assist the WWT in carefully undertaking planned research to help understand the rapid population crash of the 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'; so it couldn’t be more fitting. There is also a small local flock of Greenland geese close to us in Loch Lomond. We will support in any way we can and hopefully help resolve the issue alongside the tremendous team at the WWT”.

The WWT as 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 the British and Irish wintering sites now than in the past. There are also detrimental issues with migration and wintering grounds affecting the birds.

Mark Simpson, National PR Manager Conservation for WWT said: “We are so pleased 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: it lives a windswept life of peat and salt-spray.

Notes to Editors

Glengoyne Distillery is owned by one of Scotland’s leading independent, family-owned distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers. It is highly regarded as Scotland’s most beautiful distillery. Glengoyne, being uncompromising in its pursuit of excellence, runs its stills slower than any other distillery in order to create the rich, bold flavours for which the brand is known. The Glengoyne Highland Single Malt range is matured in the finest sherry casks from within its warehouses.

For more information, please contact:

Emma Craig
Taste Communications
T: 0131 225 7205