BASC’s Science department leads projects across the organisation with a focus on the sustainability of shooting in the UK and the impacts of shooting on our quarry species. Often these projects use citizen scientists to collect high quality field data, and we also work in partnership with key national and international partners. A selection of our current projects can be found below.
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 & wild 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.