It is hoped that the UK Wildfowl Sarcocystis Survey will help us monitor the disease over time in the UK and better understand which bird species are affected and any impacts it may be having.
Wildfowlers are well placed to look out for this disease and report likely cases as the pathology is quite striking. If you are a wildfowler and find ducks or geese with what looks like rice breast disease please report cases using the survey form http://www.sarcocystissurvey.org.uk/survey-form/.
Please use one form per case. If you are willing to save some affected tissues for further analysis that would be especially useful, please see the details on the form.
Based on the data so far, rice breast disease seems to be becoming more common with a sudden increase since the 2013/14 season. Most of the cases are clustered around the north and east of the country, suggesting it may be spreading from Europe. Your sightings are even more important now to help to track the spread of this disease.