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Packing and sending carcases

If you find a dead bird of prey, please contact us by telephone on 01524 595830 or email at If you believe that the bird has been killed illegally, please contact the police and ask if the matter can be referred to a Wildlife Crime Officer.

If you are able to collect the dead bird for us, we will send you a box to enable you to send the bird into the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme. The box will be labelled with our address and have the correct postage. The box contains a plastic bag, gloves and instructions to enable you to ship the bird safely. We will ask you to fill in a form with details about where you found the bird and what the circumstances were. We will send you a letter or email of acknowledgement to inform you that the bird was delivered to us.

If you are unable to collect the bird because you saw it on the motorway or a busy, dangerous road, please contact your local Highways Agency. They may be willing to collect the bird. Please do not endanger yourself to collect a dead bird of prey.

Here is a more detailed explanation of what happens when you contact us:
  1. A member of the PBMS team sends you a box containing what you will need to ship the bird to the PBMS
  2. You receive the box, pack the bird and pop it in the post. The postage is already on the box.
  3. We receive the bird and send you an acknowledgement letter.
  4. Some time later that year, a post-mortem will be carried out and more than 100 observations will be made including sex, age and maturity of the bird. The information collected will be entered onto a database.
  5. A copy of this information will be sent to you with our gratitude for sending in the bird.
  6. Samples of liver, kidney, muscle, brain, fat, bone and feather are stored in glass jars or bags in the tissue archive.
  7. Each year a sub-set of samples are analysed in our purpose built, state of the art Centralised Analytical Chemistry Facility 
  8.  The results are examined along with results from other birds and the resultant data help us to establish long term trends in pesticide use and possible links to bird mortality.
  9. The resulting information is published (see Publications) and informs Government policy (see Policy Relevance archive)