South West Fulmar Project: results so far

Results are in! Over the last year, we’ve had two fulmars found for the South West Fulmar Project – a huge thanks to Kate Williams and David Jenkins for finding them! Results have been checked and validated to fit with international standards, and I can now confirm that both individuals had plastic in their stomachs. A sample size of only two is not enough for monitoring purposes, however, so please keep looking for fulmars – every beached bird collected is extremely valuable!

First SWFP fulmar. This bird had plastic in its stomach, photo: Kate Williams
First SWFP fulmar. This bird had plastic in its stomach, photo: Kate Williams

The two fulmars both had four pieces of plastic in their stomachs. Both died of natural causes, however tissue samples were taken from the second bird to investigate potential chemical consequences of plastic ingestion.

The four pieces of plastic found in the first fulmar's stomach.
The four pieces of plastic found in the first fulmar’s stomach.
The second fulmar had four pieces of plastic in its stomach, three hard fragments (left) and one piece of foam (right)
The second fulmar had four pieces of plastic in its stomach, three hard fragments (left) and one piece of foam (right)

Thanks again to our fulmar finders, and please keep an eye out for beached birds when your out on beaches this winter.

If you find one, our contact details are as follows for getting in touch:

southwestfulmars@gmail.com

07745 177661

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