Our pioneering research on woodcock migration, using satellite tags, has provided some fascinating insights into breeding locations, migration routes and timing. However, to further our understanding of woodcock migration and help produce guidance on shooting in cold weather, we need information on how woodcock regulate their body reserves.
Dissecting samples of shot woodcock will enable us to gather valuable scientific data on typical fat and muscle reserves. From these we can calculate potential flight distance and fasting duration at different times of the winter and under different weather conditions.
Can you help by collecting some bodies during winter 2014/15?
We need large numbers to ensure regionally representative information.
We want a random sample, so please do not just send those that have been damaged and are less suitable for eating. For accurate information, we require intact carcasses.
If you are able to help and can supply several birds, we would prefer the sample split between early and late season (some collected in November/December and some in January).
Please follow the steps below:
- Note the time the bird was shot.
- Place the bird in a sealed plastic bag as soon as possible and note the time.
- Label the bag with location, date, time the bird was shot and time bagged up.
- Place in a freezer the same day.
- Contact us to arrange collection or sending of samples.
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 1EF
Tel: 01425 651031
Please contact us if you are able to help so that we can gauge regional coverage and advise on the number of samples that would be useful. We will supply feedback on the results.