Now that we are into January (Happy New Year!), a reminder that this month the Duck Specialist Group is carrying out an assessment of the sex ratio of Common Pochard wintering across Europe and North Africa. Both European populations have declined significantly in recent years and as a result the species is now listed as Vulnerable on the European Red List of Birds and the global IUCN Red List.
Therefore, in order to improve our knowledge of the population structure of both European populations, we are asking birdwatchers to count male and female birds within wintering flocks in Europe and North Africa. These counts can be carried out as part of the next International Waterbird Census (16th/17th January 2016) or, if preferable, during a separate visit some other time in January 2016. The sex of every single bird in the flock is not required; however, please do try to obtain as large a sample as possible.
Further information on the assessment, including details on what information to collect and where to submit counts, can be found on the Duck Specialist Group website.
For any queries please contact Kane.Brides@wwt.org.uk