WILDCOMS (Wildlife Disease & Contaminant Monitoring and Surveillance network) annual report 2013-2014

Pereira, M. Gloria ORCID:; Chaplow, J.S. ORCID:; Shore, Richard F.. 2015 WILDCOMS (Wildlife Disease & Contaminant Monitoring and Surveillance network) annual report 2013-2014. Lancaster, UK, NERC/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, 19pp. (CEH Project no. C04373)

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This is the third and final annual report from WILDCOMS, a Natural Environment Research Council collaborative Knowledge Exchange network between ten 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 third year (2013-14) 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 the development of the inventory on “Specimen archiving” and the recording of the sharing activities across all partners’ schemes as well as between the partners and other organisations. WILDCOMS has met the 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 484 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 issues. We have had very successful meetings with stakeholders in England (2012) and Scotland (2013). The funding for WILDCOMS has ceased, but the network will continue to run, albeit with a limited range of activities.

Item Type: Publication - Report
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Shore
ISBN: 9781906698546
Funders/Sponsors: NERC
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