The UK's Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) recently launched its own web site. The PBMS is a long-term, national monitoring scheme that has been running since the 1960s, it relies on help from the public who send in birds that have been found dead, by accidents such as road-kill. The scheme measures the levels of contaminants (e.g. heavy metals, pesticides, industrial pollutants and rat poisons) in the livers and eggs of selected species of predatory birds in Britain.
We need better information on the levels of these contaminants, so we can determine how and why they vary between species and regions, how they are changing over time, and the effects that they may have on individual birds and on bird populations.
The new web-site will promote the scheme, provide an in-depth description of its work and also provide feed-back to its contributors.