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BTO range expansion for fulmar collection - ME5306

Description
Summary Objective:

There is a need to expand the range in which fulmars are collected from around the coast in the UK.

Key Customer Purpose:

The current study depends on a small number of people who arrange the collection of Fulmar corpses washed up on the tide line of the Orkneys, Shetland and Eastern England (Franeker et al. 2005). The aim of this project is to extend this study throughout South West Britain.
The BTO will contact as many people as possible who are likely to be visiting the shore and are able to distinguish fulmars from gulls through a range of media (websites, web forums, newsletters, articles in the birding press and talks and posters at conferences). The BTO will encourage the collection of suitable corpses and give instructions on how to send them to the BTO where they will be stored in the BTO freezers. The contractor will offer to reimburse the costs of postage to the BTO to encourage participation.
Every 6 months the contractor will undertake superficial PM’s on the birds sent in to an agreed protocol (Franeker 2004). Stomachs will be extracted and the contents sent to Jan Van Franeker in the Netherlands as part of a project investigating the presence of plastics in the marine environment.
The contractor will produce an annual report on the data collected and make recommendations of how the scheme can be made more effective.
Objective
Summary Objective:

There is a need to expand the range in which fulmars are collected from around the coast in the UK.

Key Customer Purpose:

The current study depends on a small number of people who arrange the collection of Fulmar corpses washed up on the tide line of the Orkneys, Shetland and Eastern England (Franeker et al. 2005). The aim of this project is to extend this study throughout South West Britain.
The BTO will contact as many people as possible who are likely to be visiting the shore and are able to distinguish fulmars from gulls through a range of media (websites, web forums, newsletters, articles in the birding press and talks and posters at conferences). The BTO will encourage the collection of suitable corpses and give instructions on how to send them to the BTO where they will be stored in the BTO freezers. The contractor will offer to reimburse the costs of postage to the BTO to encourage participation.
Every 6 months the contractor will undertake superficial PM’s on the birds sent in to an agreed protocol (Franeker 2004). Stomachs will be extracted and the contents sent to Jan Van Franeker in the Netherlands as part of a project investigating the presence of plastics in the marine environment.
The contractor will produce an annual report on the data collected and make recommendations of how the scheme can be made more effective.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : ME5306: Final Report Range expansion of northern Fulmar collection around the UK coastline with the BTO   (191k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2011

Cost: £10,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
British Trust For Ornithology
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