Crosse, J.; Shore, R.; Wadsworth, R.; Jones, K.; Pereira, M. G.

Concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) eggs in the UK

Data on long term trends in Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) eggs. Samples were selected from the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) Archive. Failed or abandoned sparrowhawk eggs were taken from nests by licensed egg collectors and archived as part of the monitoring activities of the PBMS in the UK. The period studied was 1985 to 2007. Data are presented in three tables including detected PBDEs, interpolated PBDEs and sample properties which are described in a metadata file. The Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (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.

Publication date: 2012-12-03

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Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

This dataset is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

You must cite: Crosse, J.; Shore, R.; Wadsworth, R.; Jones, K.; Pereira, M. G. (2012). Concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) eggs in the UK. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/5fdccbe5-066b-4130-8431-d6389c31cea2

 

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You must acknowledge the following resource: Crosse, J. D., Shore, R. F., Wadsworth, R. A., Jones, K. C., & Pereira, M. G. (2012). Long-Term Trends in PBDEs in Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) Eggs Indicate Sustained Contamination of UK Terrestrial Ecosystems. Environmental Science & Technology, 46(24), 13504-13511. https://doi.org/10.1021/es303550f

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
1985-01-01    to    2007-12-31

Supplemental information

This dataset is cited by:

Crosse, J. D., Shore, R. F., Wadsworth, R. A., Jones, K. C., & Pereira, M. G. (2012). Long-Term Trends in PBDEs in Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) Eggs Indicate Sustained Contamination of UK Terrestrial Ecosystems. Environmental Science & Technology, 46(24), 13504-13511.

Provenance & quality

Data generated through the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) (http://pbms.ceh.ac.uk/) Egg sampling and analysis. Failed or abandoned sparrowhawk eggs were taken from nests by licensed egg collectors and archived as part of the monitoring activities of the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) in the UK. Egg weight, length and breadth were measured and the eggs were then blown or cracked open. The shells were washed, air-dried and reweighed, while the egg contents were homogenised and stored in glass jars at -20oC until analysed. Samples were selected from the PBMS archive for PBDE analysis based on the criteria of covering the longest temporal period in eggs from the smallest possible geographical area, which was found to be the region of England directly east and within 250 km of the Welsh border. Sampling years were determined by the availability of eggs in the archive, the criterion being that three to five eggs, each from a different nest, were available for analysis for each sampling year. There were sufficient eggs for 10 sampling years that spanned the period 1985-2007. When more than one egg was available from any given nest, the egg for analysis was selected at random as laying order was not known.

Correspondence/contact details

Pereira, M. G.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
Lancaster
LANCS
LA1 4AP
United Kingdom
enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Crosse, J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Shore, R.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wadsworth, R.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Jones, K.
Lancaster University
Pereira, M. G.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Resource Provider
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology - Shore Section
enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid

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Topic categories
Environment
Keywords
England Pollution Pollution & Environmental Risk Shore Section United Kingdom United Kingdom
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities