Any idea who’s tagged this duck?

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QI took this photo of a Tufted Duck on my lo­cal reser­voir. On closer in­spec­tion, I no­ticed it had been tagged. Dur­ing the win­ter there were also sev­eral geese wear­ing these bright red tags. I have tried to re­search who’s tag­ging them and why but to no avail.

Ann Quayle, Cum­bria

AWe’ve done a bit of dig­ging around but haven’t been able to find which scheme this has been tagged un­der, partly be­cause it’s hard to read the writ­ing on the nasal sad­dle. So, we’d be in­ter­ested to hear from any­one who recog­nises it. The sad­dles are used be­cause, of course, leg rings could be im­pos­si­ble to read.

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