WILDCOMS (Wildlife Disease & Contaminant Monitoring and Surveillance network) annual report 2012-2013

Pereira, M. Gloria; Chaplow, J.S.; Shore, Richard F.. 2014 WILDCOMS (Wildlife Disease & Contaminant Monitoring and Surveillance network) annual report 2012-2013. Lancaster, UK, NERC/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, 15pp. (CEH Project no. C04373)

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This is the second annual report from WILDCOMS, a Natural Environment Research Council collaborative Knowledge Exchange network between nine UK surveillance schemes that monitor disease and contaminants in wild vertebrates. The overall aim of the WILDCOMS network is to foster and facilitate knowledge exchange, harmonisation towards best practice and productive collaboration between: (i) partner organisations; (ii) surveillance schemes and end-users. WILDCOMS aims to facilitate development of a more cost-effective and integrated evidence base for assessing environmental disease and contaminant risk that will benefit end-users and underpin regulatory policy. This report describes the activities of the WILDCOMS network in the second year (2012-13) including an update in the communication tools (wiki, website, quarterly and annual reports for stakeholders) and activities, such as articles in specialised “in-house” publications of key stakeholders and presentations at national and international conferences. This report also describes how WILDCOMS has continued to expand the collaboration and sharing of resources between surveillance schemes in the network and the development of inventories of necropsies and recording activities across all partners’ schemes. Overall, WILDCOMS is on track to meet its original goals set out in the grant proposal that was supported by NERC funding. WILDCOMS has established itself as a Knowledge Exchange network with a website that has up to 2000 visits per month and a mailing list of 396 stakeholders to date. The establishment of the network has facilitated greater collaboration and sharing of resources between WILDCOMS partners and has become a point of contact for organisations seeking advice in a wide range of wildlife pollution and disease. We have had very successful meetings with stakeholders in England in 2012 and Scotland in 2013. Over the next year, WILDCOMS will continue its work to provide information to stakeholders on the activities and resources of its component partners’ schemes and holistic overviews on topics of current concern. It will also seek to further increase the efficient sharing of resources between partners, and further develop linkages with stakeholders.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Shore
ISBN: 9781906698423
Funders/Sponsors: NERC/Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Freely available online from project website
Additional Keywords: WILDCOMS
NORA Subject Terms: Zoology
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Date made live: 15 Jan 2014 15:14 +0 (UTC)

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