Date:13 December 2023
Price:Free (SOC member) event
Time:7.30pm - 9.00pm
Booking Info:Booking not required
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'Lead from ammunition – a toxic problem affecting birds and other animals', with Professor Debbie Pain
| Talk | Q&A |
We’ve long known how poisonous lead is, but while most uses have been banned or regulated, it continues to be widely used in ammunition (shot and bullets). In this talk, Debbie will explain how lead from ammunition effects the health of birds and other animals and the steps being taken to tackle the risks.
Debbie has worked on lead poisoning in birds and other animals from ammunition sources for 40 years, starting with her D.Phil. at Oxford University in the 1980s. She then worked at the Tour du Valat Biological Research Station in the Camargue, France, for 4 years and then spent sixteen years in the Research Department of the RSPB where she ran their international research unit, collaborating with BirdLife Partner organisations in Africa, Asia and Europe investigating the causes of bird declines and helping to develop solutions. She then spent ten years as Director of Conservation at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) overseeing their wetland science and delivery in the UK and overseas.
Today she is an independent scientist with affiliations to Cambridge University where she holds an Honorary Research Fellowship in the Department of Zoology, and the University of East Anglia where she is an Honorary Professor in the School of Biological Sciences.