Data from analyses of addled and deserted sea eagle eggs collected by licensed collectors in Scotland. Contaminants reported include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides or their persistent metabolites, and a range of metals and metaloids. The white-tailed sea eagle has been re-introduced to a number of Scottish Islands since the 1980s. 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: 2013-06-18
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Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme website
PBMS website reports
Walker, L.A., Shore, R.F., Turk, A., Pereira, M.G., & Best, J. 2008. The Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) - identifying chemical risks to top predators in Britain. Ambio 37 466-471.
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Addled and deserted sea eagle eggs are collected by licensed collectors in Scotland. Eggs are cracked, the contents homogenised and samples are 1) sent for analysis by the Centralised Analytical Chemistry facility at CEH Lancaster and 2) retained for archive purposes at -20 degrees C. Samples were analysed for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides or their persistent metabolites, and a range of metals and metaloids. Data are entered by technician onto a MSAccess form which uploads directly to an Oracle database. Batch files containing concentrations of pesticides in tissues load directly to Oracle database.