Rehabilitation of Oiled Seabirds. A Report to the Advisory Committee on Oil Pollution of the Sea. By R. B. Clark and R. J. Kennedy. Department of Zoology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1968. ii + 57 pages, including bibliography of 12 pages. 10s, post free. The writing of this document and its production were partly financed by the World Wildlife Fund, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. It is a most valuable review of the literature on the subject and the extensive bibliography (some 350 references) will prove of considerable use. The scope is perhaps best given by listing the seven main headings: (1) Incidence and distribution of oil pollution and its long-term effects on bird populations, (2) Effects of oil and other contaminants on birds, (3) Rehabilitation, (4) Renewal of water-repellancy of the plumage, {5) Metabolism and nutrition, (6) Diseases of captivity, and (7) Behavioural aspects of rehabilitation. The report emphasises the chronic, long-term aspect and the serious pollutions in other parts of the world, particularly in the Baltic and Newfoundland. Some three million tons of oil may be spilled into the sea annually; the biggest disasters have included losses of perhaps 350,000 Eiders off Massachusetts in 1952 and of some 450 Briinnich's Guillemots per lineal mile of a large area of the coastline of Newfoundland in 1959/60. The species most liable to become oiled are those that spend much of their time swimming, such as
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