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Title of the project

National Shooting Survey


to collect data on the number of shot birds in a year

A nationwide survey of 5,000 (5%) randomly selected BASC members are sent an annual questionnaire requesting information on the species and number of birds shot. About 30% of those sent questionnaires respond, and a further 20% respond after a follow-up letter requesting the return of the questionnaire.

hunters provide the data and the project is run by the BASC


Country United Kingdom
Level National

Starting date


Habitat Types

Wetland, Coastal


Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Migratory species, Abundant species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species All duck species that can be legally shot (from 1980 to 1987, woodpigeons were included).

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data)


Leading partners British Association for Shooting and Conservation (https://basc.org.uk/)

Estimation of Human Resources needed

5000 hunters are surveyed a year