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UPDATE: Investigation Launched as More Suffering Birds Washed Up in West Dorset Overnight


7:16am 1st February 2013
(Updated 12:36pm 1st February 2013)

More birds have been washed up in Weymouth and Portland overnight, covered in a mystery "waxy" substance.

Over a hundred have been rescued but small numbers have been put down by the RSPCA.

The Animal Rescue charity has managed to save most of the Guillemots by using margarine to absorb the substance and washing up liquid to unstick their feathers.

Although it hasn't been officially confirmed the resin is believed to be palm oil and there's concern more wildlife could be harmed if the source isn't found.

Wessex FM's Luke de Costa spoke to John Pollock from the RSPCA who was recovering the birds on Chesil Beach.


The birds including other species have been found right along the Dorset coast, a number of Wessex FM listeners have been in touch saying some are stranded in Abbotsbury.

The Council and Dorset Wildlife Trust is investigating.

Speaking from Chesil Beach local wildlife officer Mark Smith says he's never seen anything like it.



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