Handbook for the Rehabilitation of Oiled Birds

The Handbook for the Rehabilitation of Oiled Birds, published in May 2007, contains guidance for wildlife rehabilitators and governmental authorities on best practices with regards to the rescue, cleaning and rehabilitation of oiled birds, especially in large incidents. The Handbook, which was deliberately restricted to only 20 pages, provides principles rather than detailed methodologies on a number of important issues, including search and rescue, transportation, setting up facilities, health and safety, the involvement of volunteers, compensation of costs and how to deal with animal welfare issues. Useful contact addresses and references to other sources of information are also provided.