Birds Washed-Up On South Coast

Hundreds of birds have been washed-up along the south coast, covered in an unidentified “creamy, waxy substance”. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said the guillemots, a kind of auk, were discovered on Lyme Bay near Weymouth, the coast of of Portland in Dorset, and in Cornwall.

Many of them have been taken to West Hatch Animal Centre in Taunton, but attempts to clean them have been hampered by not knowing what the substance is, said RSPB official Grahame Madge. See HERE for full news story.

We are keen to hear if you have found any birds washed up on Cornish beaches so we can pass on the details to Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Beach Strandings team. Please e-mail us with Species, date and time and location where you found the bird.

2 thoughts on “Birds Washed-Up On South Coast

  1. Delia Webb

    One cormorant washed up on Portheras Cove Pendeen low tide this afternoon 2.30pm – no sign of injury or contamination on feathers, however two black tar lumps (3-4inches diam) found on sand. Several cormorants(4) and guillemots (20+) seen feeding just off boat cove Pendeen at same time.

  2. Merryn Voyzey

    seen two cormorants washed up on whitsand bay today, south cornwall, two reports of two other cormorants found yesterday. I think i recognised two spots of tar on one of the birds.

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