BASC has begun work on the UK-leg of Project Penelope, an international project aiming to track the Eurasian wigeon.
Named after the Latin for wigeon, Mareca penelope, the study will follow the species’ flyway with field work carried out across the UK, Denmark and Finland.
BASC, in partnership with the Waterfowlers’ Network, will record the species’ winter movements, flight paths and breeding sites.
The findings of Project Penelope will give vital information for widgeon management and conservation measures across Europe. Time is of the essence for the species, having suffered declines in breeding density and range over the last 20 years.
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