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Woodcock abundance

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If you shoot woodcock over pointers you can help us gather unique information as part of a Europe-wide network of citizen scientists.

By providing information on the time you spend hunting for woodcock and recording the number of individual birds you see, we can estimate a Hunting Index of Abundance. This data can be compared with other countries across Europe and provide an invaluable insight in to local changes in the woodcock population.

Please note that in order to ensure the data is comparable across Europe this recording scheme is only open to those hunting woodcock over pointers. If you don’t hunt over pointers you can still submit data on the numbers of woodcock you shoot or see through our Green Shoots Bagged It and Seen It pages.

For those interested in helping we need the following information:

  • The date and location of each hunting trip. You can give as much or as little information as you like, but at a minimum we would to know which county you were shooting in.
  • The time (in hours and minutes) that you spent actively hunting, but excluding any briefings, or breaks for lunch.
  • The number of woodcock flushed. Please try to estimate the number of birds flushed whilst accounting for instances where you may have flushed the same bird more than once.
  • The number of woodcock shot
  • The number of hunters and the number of pointers

Please fill in the form below or download and print the offline form at the bottom of the page:

 

Online woodcock record form:

 


Offline woodcock record form:

 

Please return form to Matt Ellis, BASC, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL

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