The Waterfowlers’ Network have published an online form for recording data for any artificial duck nest structure installed on your land. Please click the link below to record your findings.
Through a citizen science project the Waterfowlers’ Network (of which BASC is a member) are monitoring the breeding success and usage of artificial duck nest structures such as duck nest tubes and nest boxes. The Waterfowler’s Network are calling on members and the wider shooting community to make, erect and record usage of artificial duck nests, in the hope we can improve breeding success across the species’ flyway.
Mallard nests are often destroyed before the eggs have chance to hatch, through predation, trampling from livestock or disturbance from dog walkers. Artificial nests offer security and protection from the elements and, when used properly, have been shown to boost fledgling success in other countries.
Anyone can make and erect nest tubes to help improve the population of wild mallard in their area. It may take several years before the tubes are used, but don’t be disheartened – once they are occupied, the ducks and their offspring will likely return to nest year after year.
Once you have recorded all, or as much of the above information as you can, use the Waterfowlers’ Network online form to register your findings.
Please contact BASC if you need any help or advice with this project.
Making and positioning a duck nesting tube.