Duck and Goose Wing Survey
Please collect duck, goose and woodcock wings this season.
If you have collected any wings over the season, please wrap them securely in a plastic bag, then put them in a cardboard box or padded envelope and post to DWS2019, BASC, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham LL12 0HL. Please post on Mondays or Tuesdays to avoid the wings being held in a sorting office over the weekend.
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, goose and woodcock 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. The 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.
Every wing submitted will be aged and sexed using characteristics of the feathers. Once we have that data the wing will be destroyed by incineration and will not be used for any further testing. A small proportion may be preserved for demonstration and education purposes at shows and events. We are not conducting any tests including, but not limited to, DNA analysis or chemical analysis on any wings you have sent us. If in the future, we wish to conduct further tests (for example, stable isotope analysis to assess where ducks are migrating from) then we will seek your explicit consent for these tests.
How can you help?
- Remove one wing from each duck or goose that 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 all wings from the same day and location in the same zip-lock bag or sealed container and write the date and the county in which they were shot in permanent marker.
- Seal the bag and place in the freezer.
- Then, either:
– Post your wings to BASC Head Office (DWS, BASC, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL).
– Arrange with your club or joint council to collect your wings and for your representative to bring them along to or arrange collection from one of our regional offices.
– Email to discuss alternative arrangements.
Results (2018/19 season)
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Coastal Access Coastal Access England Implementation of the England Coastal Path is now well underway. Natural England, the government agency responsible, expects to complete work
Crown Estates BASC-affiliated wildfowling clubs manage sporting rights on approximately 700km of foreshore owned by The Crown Estate in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. All
Wildfowling Clubs & Links Central Scotland East South East North South West Northern Ireland Wales Wildfowling Central Leicestershire Wildfowlers Association Newark & District Wildfowlers’ Association