W ildfowl Counts in the British Isles

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1985-86 w as th e 39th seaso n o f th e U .K. N a tio n a l W ildfow l C o u n ts, o rg an ise d by th e W ildfow l T ru st u n d e r c o n tra c t to th e N a tu r e C o n s e rv a n c y C o u n c il. A ll th e s w a n s , g e e s e a n d d u c k s a re c o v e re d , to g e th e r w ith G re a t C re ste d a n d L ittle G re b e , C o rm o ra n t a n d C o o t, each m o n th fro m S e p te m b e r to M a rc h , a t as m any c o astal a n d in la n d lo calities as p ossible in th e U .K. S u
more » ... in th e U .K. S u p p le m e n ta ry cen su ses o f sev­ e ra l g o o se sp ecies a re u n d e rta k e n to include b ird s feed in g o n fields by d ay. In ad d itio n to th e re g u la r c o u n ts , a L a te S u m m er S urvey w as c a rrie d o u t in 1985, b e tw e e n Ju ly 15th a n d A u g u st 31st. In all, a re co rd 2,100 sites w e re v isite d d u rin g 1985-86. T h e re w as a co ld spell fro m la te J a n u a ry to early M arch , b u t th e n u m b e rs o f sev eral species w ere a p p a re n tly a lre a d y high b e fo re th is b eg an , p e rh a p s b e c a u se o f b rie f cold sn ap s on th e C o n tin e n t. T a b le 1 sh o w s th e h ig h est m o n th ly c o u n ts fo r e a ch sp ecies in G re a t B rita in a n d N o rth e rn Ire la n d. C o u n ts o f G re a t C re ste d G re b e s w ere m u ch lo w e r th a n in 1984-85, a lth o u g h a la rg e r th a n u su al p ro p o rtio n w ere fo u n d on Table 1. Peak total counts of wildfowl in 1985-86 NB: T otals deriving from full censuses are m arked with an asterisk; o th er totals probably underestim ate the actual num bers present.
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