Calling all duck shooters,
We are monitoring the spread of rice breast disease (Sarcocystis) in dabbling ducks and need your help in identifying how far it has spread and for how long it’s been here. To help us get the most accurate picture it’s important that you fill in a short (five-minute) survey to say whether you’ve seen the disease or not.
Click here to access the survey
Sarcocystis, or ‘rice breast’ disease is caused by a parasite and presents as large, white rice-like grains embedded in the duck's breast muscle. It is not thought to be harmful to humans as cooking will kill the parasite, but eating infected birds is not recommended.
Remember, it’s just as important that we hear from duck shooters who have not seen this as it is that we hear from those who have. If you see any ducks with this disease in the 2017/18 season please also record them through the project website http://www.sarcocystissurvey.org.uk/