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Duck wings needed to help wildfowling research

BASC is calling on members of the wildfowling community to continue their positive contribution towards our duck wing survey to ensure we have the data to safeguard the future of our sport.

The BASC initiative is responsible for collecting information on the sex and age ratios of quarry species which can help reveal essential answers about their populations and trends.

The survey originally ran between 1972 and 2001 before ending due to a lack of funding. Relaunched in 2017, the initiative is viewed as essential for the future of wildfowling.

Heather Warrender, BASC’s science officer, said: “The wing survey provides a hugely valuable source of data to monitor our quarry species more closely than ever before. It can show that we hunt sustainably and allows us to be the first to see significant changes in demographics. The more wings submitted, the stronger our position.”

James Green, BASC’s head of wildfowling, said: “No matter the contribution, please don’t underestimate the importance of the duck wing survey in the future. After only three years, correlations are already developing which will help us inform and lead the debate.”

For more information, visit https://basc.org.uk/wildfowling/wings/

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