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Chemical contaminants and shell index values for gannet eggs

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Crosse, J. D.; Shore, R. F. ; Jones, K. C.; Pereira, M. G, (2012)
https://doi.org/10.5285/2ddf56e5-fbcd-48a3-b4a5-fe2a7d5c90a4

This dataset gives concentrations of chemical contaminants in the contents of eggs collected from colonies of the northern gannet, Morus bassanus, in the United Kingdom. The majority of eggs analysed are from colonies on Ailsa Craig (Firth of Clyde) and Bass Rock (Firth of Forth) and have been collected since 1971. The study examined 658 eggs collected between 1971 and 2009. Eggs analysed by the PBMS are collected by licensed collectors. Contaminants measured include organochlorine pesticides, total mercury, total PCBs and, for recent years, individual PCB congeners. The PBMS is a long-term, national monitoring scheme that quantifies the concentrations of contaminants in the livers and eggs of selected species of predatory and fish-eating birds in Britain. Levels of contaminants are monitored to determine variations between species and regions, changes over time and effects on individual birds and their populations. The Scheme is funded by CEH, Natural England, the Environment Agency (EA) and the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU).

Publication date: 2012-02-16 ( revised 2011-09-22 )

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You must cite: Crosse, J. D.; Shore, R. F. ; Jones, K. C.; Pereira, M. G, (2012). Chemical contaminants and shell index values for gannet eggs. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/2ddf56e5-fbcd-48a3-b4a5-fe2a7d5c90a4

 

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Temporal extent
1971-01-01    to    2009-12-31

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Web site reports
PBMS website report 2007 to 2009

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PBMS website report

Journal paper
Crosse, John D.; Shore, Richard F.; Jones, Kevin C.; Pereira, M. Gloria. 2012 Long term trends in PBDE concentrations in gannet (Morus bassanus) eggs from two UK colonies. Environmental Pollution, 161. 93-100. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2011.10.003

Journal paper
Pereira, M.G., Walker, L.A., Best, J. & Shore, R.F. 2009. Long term trends in mercury and PCB congener concentrations in gannet (Morus bassanus) eggs in Britain. Environmental Pollution 157, 155-163. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2008.07.019

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Fresh eggs are collected by licenced egg collectors and are sent to the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) at CEH Lancaster. The contents of the eggs are sampled and are 1) sent for analysis by the CEH Analytical facility and 2) retained for archive purposes. The biometric data (whole egg weight, length and breadth, etc) are entered by technician onto a MSAccess form which uploads directly to an Oracle database (managed internally by Computer Support). Chemistry batch files containing concentrations of pesticides in tissues are loaded directly into an Oracle database.

Authors

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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Spatial

Spatial Reference System
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid

Keywords

Topic Categories
Biota
Environment
Farming
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental monitoring facilities
Other keywords
persistent Organic Pollutants
POPs
Residue
organochlorine
insecticide
pesticide
DDE
DDT
HEOD
TDE
HCH
Hepox
Lindane
Aldrin
Dieldrin
PCB
PCBs
eggs
Gannet
Morus bassanus
CEH Biogeochemistry Programme
Other keywords
Pollution & Environmental Risk
Pollution
Shore Section
Place keywords
Great Britain
Bass Rock
Ailsa Craig
Temporal keywords
Since 1971

Dataset identifiers

CEH:EIDC:#1318940780599
https://catalogue.ceh.ac.uk/id/2ddf56e5-fbcd-48a3-b4a5-fe2a7d5c90a4
doi:10.5285/2ddf56e5-fbcd-48a3-b4a5-fe2a7d5c90a4

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Record identifier
2ddf56e5-fbcd-48a3-b4a5-fe2a7d5c90a4
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Record last updated
2017-01-04T16:47:30
Metadata standard
NERC profile of ISO19115:2003 version 1.0