The Scottish Raptor Health Study is a Scottish surveillance scheme assessing the health of Scottish raptors and using them as indicators of ecosystem health http://www.ed.ac.uk/vet/raptor-health-scotland
The project performs post mortem examinations on all Scottish raptor birds submitted to look at factors contributing to their death and examines live raptor chicks for health assessment. Samples originating from these two sources undergo bacteriology, parasitology, virology and toxicology testing.
The scheme has been set up as part of a PhD project and is supervised by Professor Anna Meredith and Dr. Neil Anderson at the University of Edinburgh, and by Professor Des Thompson and Andrew Stevenson at SNH, with support from Professor Miguel Ferrer at the Spanish National Research Council. The study is funded through a NERC CASE Studentship based at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, and supported by SNH and Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA). The scheme collaborators include SRUC, PBMS and UHI.