Under the conditions prevailing on the Ythan estuary, Aberdeenshire and on the local lochs, 'Abberton' cage-traps (described by Major General C. B. Wainweight in Wildfowl Trust 8th Annual Report: 41-47. 1957) have not proved very successful for catching ducks. This has led to various modifications and new designs being tried in the course of the last six years. Three patterns found successful in the prevailing conditions are described here. All traps must be sited on feeding grounds and not in roosting areas.
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