Survey Form

Your Details


Bird Details

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If unknown feel free to submit a close-up photo of the top of a spread wing and tail
GPS, grid ref, or location name
other than sarcocystis
Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, gif, png, Max. file size: 2 MB.
Of the bird, affected tissue, wing and/or tail Please note: Only images smaller than 2MB can be submitted through this survey. If your photograph exceeds this size, or you are experiencing any other issues, please email your photo to
May we email at the end of the season to ask for the total number of birds you shot per species this season?
This is valuable information because it allows us to standardise the monitoring data

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Please note that no personal or site-specific information will be made publicly available. All data here will only be accessed and used for analyses by official partners of BASC. (see our privacy policy below)

Rice Breast Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how BASC complies with its obligations as a Data Controller for the Sarcocystis Survey. If you have any queries then please contact

The project

The UK Wildfowl Sarcocystis Survey was set up as a collaborative project in 2015 between WWT, BASC, and the University of Liverpool, with additional input from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017. The aim of the project was to study the emergence, distribution, and potential impacts of Sarcocystis infection in UK wildfowl.

Sarcocystosis, or ‘rice breast’ disease of ducks, is caused by the parasite Sarcocystis spp and seems to be on the rise in the UK. The parasite has a relatively complex life cycle using birds as an intermediate host and carnivores as the end host. Within birds in later stages of infection the parasite creates cysts throughout the muscles, in particular the breast and leg, which look like grains of rice.

It is hoped that the UK Wildfowl Sarcocystis Survey will help us monitor the disease over time in the UK and better understand which bird species are affected and any impacts it may be having. Wildfowlers are well placed to look out for this disease and report likely cases as the pathology is quite striking.

The information we collect about you

The Sarcocystis Survey can only be a success through the input of data from participants and the communication with participants to standardise the monitoring data. Personal information such as your name and e-mail address will be requested on the online recording form. There will also be an opportunity at the end of the online recording form to provide additional comments and observations. Any personal information which has been entered into here will also fall under this privacy policy.

The online recording form will also ask for environmental data such as: location, date and details regarding the quarry species. This information cannot be used to identify you.

If you opt to be contacted at the end of the season your name and email address will be stored by BASC and you may be contacted regarding the species you shot that season.

How we will use your data

The purpose of this project is to monitor the spread of Sarcocystosis across the UK. Therefore, any data collected through the online recording form will solely be used for research purposes and for further promotion of the project (e.g. through press

releases, magazine articles, etc.), which will be made available to the general public. Data will be fully anonymised before being used in this way. We will not release any identifying or personal information to members of the public.

Your personal information will not be shared with any third parties or sold.

Data will be stored throughout the duration of this project, which is expected to last a number of years, so that the spread of Sarcocystosis can be monitored over time. If this project ceases all personal and identifying data will be deleted.

You have the right to ask us to stop processing your personal information and you also have the right to have your personal information deleted. If you wish us to action either of these rights please either e-mail

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