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Contaminant Monitoring Protocol

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Within the framework of EURAPMON experts in raptor contaminant monitoring prepared Best practice contaminant monitoring protocol for raptors available HERE.

The aim of this sampling protocol is to provide guidance on types of best practice that will facilitate harmonisation of procedures between existing and emerging schemes and so maximise the reliability, comparability and interoperability of data. The methods here do not require use of anaesthesia on birds. This protocol covers the sampling of blood and feathers from live birds, addled and deserted eggs, internal organs and tissues from dead specimens, and other samples such as faeces, preen oil and pellets.

A short summary of the Best practice sampling protocol is also available HERE and was translated into several European languages (Pdfs avaiable below):

A short summary of the Best practice sampling protocol DANISH

A short summary of the Best practice sampling protocol FINNISH

A short summary of the Best practice sampling protocol GERMAN

A short summary of the Best practice sampling protocol ITALIAN

A short summary of the Best practice sampling protocol PORTUGESE

A short summary of the Best practice sampling protocol SPANISH

A short summary of the Best practice sampling protocol SWEDISH

A short summary of the Best practice sampling protocol POLISH