As part of a European wide project documenting the issue of marine plastics pollution, we would like to ask everyone to keep an eye out for dead Fulmars.
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 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 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:
Norfolk 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 online at: http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=2196
Citizen Science in Shetland
BTO volunteer Hugh Tooby shares his journey through Shetland as part of the Upland Rovers scheme.