Look Out for Dead Fulmars

December 22, 2010 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Fulmar Banking

Fulmar Banking by Alistair Knock, on Flickr

As part of a European wide project documenting the issue of marine plastics pollution, BTO are asking WeBS counters to keep an eye out for dead Fulmars over the festive period and next year.

Any dead birds found in reasonable condition (as it is the stomachs that need to be analysed) should be collected and kept safe from scavengers until they can be sent on to the BTO in the New Year – in these freezing conditions there shouldn’t be any problem with storage!  If you find a large number of birds, then it may be possible for these to be picked up, so do contact Lee Barber or Nigel Clark at the BTO (01842 750050) in the first instance.

As long as they are in good condition, dead birds should be sent FIRST class to:

Lee Barber
Fulmar Study
British Trust for Ornithology
The Nunnery
IP24 2PU

They must be sent frozen, triple-bagged and with the notification ‘Biological Specimen’ clearly written on the package.

If requested, BTO will also be able to refund postage costs for sending birds in.

More information on the project can be found on BirdGuides.

Thanks for your help with this important project, and if you have any queries then do contact one of the team.

  • Lee Barber (lee.barber@bto.org)
  • Nigel Clark (nigel.clark@bto.org)
  • Stuart Newson (stuart.newson@bto.org)
  • Mark Grantham (mark.grantham@birdguides.com)
  • Please remember to also report any ringed dead birds that you find. The BTO is keen to hear of any reports of bird deaths associated with the severe weather.

    This will enable us to provide advice on the need for suspension of shooting and reductions in disturbance to protect vulnerable bird populations.


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