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LISTEN: Warning Out After Dead Seabirds Found Dead on Chesil Beach

Dead guillemot Chesil Beach A THOMAS

2:26pm 19th April 2013
(Updated 4:38pm 19th April 2013)

Over a 100 dead seabirds have been washed up on Chesil Beach, some covered in the same sticky substance that killed a large number of birds earlier this year.

Most affected are guillemots and have been found badly decomposed.

The Dorset Wildlife Trust has volunteers searching the beach for any more coming in.

Today's total stands at 58 birds from Chesil Cove  - 46 guillemot, 6 gannet, 1 shag, 1 fulmar, 1 razorbill, 1 skua species, 2 juvenile gulls.

Some 300 birds were contaminated at sea off Weymouth and Chesil in February. Researchers identified the mystery resin as Polyisobutene (PIB) and oil additive. The residue can be legally discharged from ships at sea but under controlled conditions.

PIB is non-toxic but the sticky substance affects the waterproof coating of birds and their ability to float.

Marc Smith from the Trusts Chesil Beach Centre is concerned PIB contamination could have wider implications.


Dead guillemot

Picture taken by Angela Thomas at Chesil Cove (19th April)

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