Matt Ellis, WS2018, BASC, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham LL12 0HL
We are asking shooters to collect duck and goose wings from each bird they shoot to help us demonstrate the sustainability of our sport.
Duck and goose wings can provide us with invaluable information on the age and gender ratios of our wild duck populations, and, over time can help us to demonstrate that we take a sustainable portion of the population. This information can also help us to identify where potential issues may be causing problems. For example, declining proportions of young birds in the bag might indicate problems on the breeding grounds.
How can you help?
- Remove one wing from each duck and goose you shoot, as close to the body as possible using either a knife or secateurs, ensuring you get all the tertial feathers, and ideally the axillaries too (see images)
- Place each wing in its own zip lock plastic bag and write the date and the county where it was shot on the bag in permanent marker
- Seal the bag and place it in the freezer
- Then, either:
– Arrange with your club or joint council to collect your wings and for your representative to bring them along to the 2019 BASC Wildfowling Conference. Or,
– Email to discuss alternative arrangements
First year report
Results from the first year of collection were presented at the 6th Pan-European Duck Symposium. A poster of our findings can be found below.