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The Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) — identifying chemical risks to top predators in Britain

Walker, Lee A.; Shore, Richard F.; Turk, Anthony; Dos Santos Pereira, M. Gloria; Best, Jennifer. 2008 The Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) — identifying chemical risks to top predators in Britain. Ambio, 37 (6). 466-471. 10.1579/0044-7447(2008)37[469:TPBMSI]2.0.CO;2

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Abstract/Summary

The Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme (PBMS) is a long term (> 40 years), UK-wide, exposure monitoring scheme that determines the concentration of selected pesticides and pollutants in the livers and eggs of predatory birds. This paper describes how the PBMS works, and in particular highlights some of the key scientific and policy drivers for monitoring contaminants in predatory birds and describes the specific aims, scope and methods of the PBMS. We also present previously unpublished data that illustrates how the PBMS has been used to demonstrate the success of mitigation measures in reversing chemical-mediated impacts; identify and evaluate chemical threats to species of high conservation value, and finally to inform and refine monitoring methodologies. In addition, we discuss how such schemes can also address wider conservation needs.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1579/0044-7447(2008)37[469:TPBMSI]2.0.CO;2
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biogeochemistry > SE01B Sustainable Monitoring, Risk Assessment and Management of Chemicals > SE01.4 Monitoring and predicting the distribution of chemicals in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems
CEH Sections: Shore
ISSN: 0044-7447
Additional Keywords: Predatory Bird, Monitoring, Pollutants, Long-term, PBMS
NORA Subject Terms: Zoology
Ecology and Environment
Chemistry
Date made live: 23 Sep 2008 08:55
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2309

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