During 2015 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!
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.
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: