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The Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS)

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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. 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, Defra, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the RSPB and the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU).

Species currently analysed include livers from sparrowhawk, barn owl, kestrel and red kite; addled eggs (collected by licenced egg collectors) from merlin, golden eagle, sea eagle, gannet and sparrowhawk nests. These species were selected as they are vulnerable to pesticides, or because their distribution or prey-preference makes them suitable for monitoring geographical and temporal trends in pesticide and other chemical use. All birds are given a post-mortem examination and tissues (liver, brain, muscle, kidney, bone, fat) and a selection of feathers are archived. This archive provides a unique capacity to determine long-term trends in other chemicals that may be recognised in the future as posing a significant risk to wildlife.

In addition, the PBMS analyses otter livers, provided by the Cardiff University Otter Project, for contaminants.

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
1960-01-01    to    present

Quality

Lineage
Dead birds are collected by the general public and addled or deserted eggs are collected by licensed collectors and sent to the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) at CEH Lancaster. A postmortem is performed and samples are sent for analysis by the CEH Centralised Analytical Chemistry facility and retained for archive purposes. Otter liver samples are collected as part of the Cardiff University Otter Project (http://www.otterproject.cf.ac.uk/) and passed onto the PBMS for contaminant analysis.

Other contacts

Owner
Point Of Contact
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 4AP
United Kingdom
Custodian
Point Of Contact
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 4AP
United Kingdom
Publisher
Distributor

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84

Keywords

Topic categories
Biota
Environment
Farming
Other keywords
predatory
birds
pollutant
POPs
persistent organic pollutants
eggs
organochlorine
biogeochemistry
residue
insecticide
contaminant
pesticide
DDE
dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene
DDT
dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane
HEOD
Sterically-Hindered Epoxides Dieldrin
TDE
Hepox
HCH
Lindane
egg
feather
metals
metalloids
Aldrin
mercury
Dieldrin
lead
cadmium
arsenic
Aluminium
Antimony
Chromium
Cobalt
Copper
Iron
Manganese
Molybdenum
liver
Nickel
Selenium
Strontium
Zinc
Place keywords
Great Britain
Taxon keywords
sparrowhawk
Accipiter nisus
heron
Ardea cinerea
kestrel
Falco tinnunculus
Red kite
Milvus milvus
European otter
Lutra lutra
Barn owl
Tyto alba
gannet
goshawk
eagle
owl
osprey
Pandion haliaetus
Theme keywords
Environmental monitoring facilities

Dataset identifiers

https://catalogue.ceh.ac.uk/id/7ab50667-32b6-438f-9d20-af0f44351a17

Metadata

Record identifier
7ab50667-32b6-438f-9d20-af0f44351a17
Record created by
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 4AP
United Kingdom
Record last updated
2017-10-25T13:58:38