Scale of pollution spill unknown
IT COULD be days before the true scale of the pollution spill affecting sea birds on the south coast is known, wildlife experts said today.
Conservationists believe many birds covered in a mystery sticky substance could have been blown out to sea by prevailing winds – leading to yet more fatalities as they are unable to feed and become cold and exhausted.
Hundreds of seabirds have died and hundreds more have been washed up on the coast between West Sussex and Cornwall after being covered in the pollutant.
The RSPB said that just a handful of guillemots were recovered alive yesterday from Dawlish and Teignmouth as well as from Chesil beach in Dorset. A similar amount of birds were found washed up dead.
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Grahame Madge, of the RSPB, said: "The number of birds recovered today is very small but we don't think that reflects the absolute position.
"We really think it is a reflection of the prevailing weather conditions rather than the situation affecting sea birds.
"It is quite likely that there has been many, many more birds affected who have no hope of rescue at the moment."