BASC’s science department focus on the sustainability of shooting in the UK and the impacts of shooting on our quarry species. Projects often use citizen scientists to collect high quality field data and work in partnership with key national and international partners. A selection of our current projects can be found below.
Mallard Duck Nest Tubes
BASC and the Waterfowlers’ Network are monitoring the breeding success and usage of duck nest tubes. We are calling on members and the wider shooting community to make, erect and record usage of nest tubes, in the hope we can improve breeding success across the species’ flyway.
Everyone knows that our countryside and the wildlife it supports is under increasing pressure – but how much more pressure would there be without the influence of shooting sports?
Duck and Goose Wing Survey
We are asking shooters to collect duck and goose wings from each bird they shoot to help us demonstrate the sustainability of our sport.
Wildfowling and Water Bird Disturbance
Disturbance to wintering waterfowl caused by wildfowling has been viewed as having a high potential to affect waterfowl populations.
Rice Breast Disease in Ducks
Sarcocystosis, or ‘rice breast’ disease of ducks, is caused by the parasite Sarcocystis spp and seems to be on the rise in the UK.