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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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.