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Fears For Seabirds After Recent Storms

Rescued Fulmar

8:16am 10th January 2014

There's concern over the welfare of some seabirds after a week of storms that battered the Dorset coast.

The Wildlife Trust says a number of Razorbills, Fulmars and Shags have been found stranded on Chesil Beach and at Kimmeridge.

Marine Awareness Officer for the Dorset Wildlife Trust Julie Hatcher told us some birds are more at risk than others;

"For birds that dive to feed it can be difficult, some of them are feeding way off shore so they're ok, but it's the ones who feed close to shore really who find it very difficult when big waves are rolling in and battering against the cliffs. It can be a very difficult time for them."

Anyone who comes across an injured bird should phone the RSPCA.

"The RSPCA has all the facilities and the experts on hand to deal with the birds and recover them, give them a bit of warmth and food and release them in a healthy condition we hope."

(Photo thanks to Angela Thomas)

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