Lee Walker and Elaine Potter will be carrying out fieldwork in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) in the Ukraine (between 24th July and 7th August) studying small mammal populations, rather than predatory birds, as part of the TREE project.
“Across Chernobyl there is a gradient of areas that are contaminated with radioactive material at different levels. This means we can study the impacts of contamination on wildlife at different dose levels.” Lee Walker comments, “We are looking forward to experiencing fieldwork in this unique area.”
While Lee and Elaine are in Chernobyl, we continue to receive dead birds of prey and addled or deserted eggs. You can contact the scheme as usual on 01524 595830 or contact us, and one of our colleagues will deal with your enquiry.
The TREE project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Environment Agency (EA) and Radioactive Waste Management Limited (RWM) under the Radioactivity And The Environment (RATE) programme. The TREE project set up 42 wildlife trap cameras in the CEZ and there are images of birds in the CEZ.