GSPCA ADVICE - Watch out for oiled and injured sea birds after the recent stormy weather

Submitted by Steve on 15:03, 9th Oct, 2020 | 0

With the recent stormy weather we have seen many many sick and injured seabirds and at the GSPCA.

To donate to the care of these birds please visit www.paypal.me/DonateGSPCA   

Yvonne Chauvel Senior Animal Care Assistant said “The recent rough weather has really hit our seabirds and we have had many in thin, tired and one that was oiled.”

Beckie Bailey Animal Care Assistant said “Today we have had a young Shag rescued that is not strong enough to be out in the wild.”

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Utterly Butterly helps out an Oiled Guillemot but keep you eyes peeled along the coast & Sand Eel appeal

Submitted by Steve on 16:06, 27th Feb, 2020 | 0

Over the weekend we had two oiled guillemots one of which was not the normal black crude oil but rather palm oil which is more often seen in clumps and a danger to dogs eating it when out on a walk.

The continued stormy weather has caused many sick and injured seabirds and at the GSPCA we have helped everything from cormorants to gannets and had many reports of those that have been sadly washed up deceased for various reasons.

To donate to the care of these birds please visit www.paypal.me/DonateGSPCA   

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GSPCA Release Oiled Guillemots Back to the Wild

Submitted by Steve on 13:50, 18th Jan, 2020 | 0

You may remember before Christmas the GSPCA were helping and rescuing oiled birds from around Guernsey and three featured on ITV Channel News.

The great news is last week on the 9th January they were released back to the wild.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “We have named the three oiled guillemots Gallileo who were from Ladies Bay, Guillbert from Le Picquerelle and Guilly was rescued from Petit Bot.”

“Yvonne and Beckie took the three birds last week up to the slip way near Rousse Tower along with Channel ITV to film their release.”

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3 Oiled Guillemots now healthy at the GSPCA ready to be released this morning

Submitted by Steve on 11:24, 13th Feb, 2019 | 0

This morning Beckie Bailey GSPCA Animal Care Assistant will be collecting 3 guillemots to be released back to the wild.

Simon rescued from Ladies Bay and Rocky and Geraldine who were rescued from Grandes Rocques were three of the lucky survivors that were rescued over a month a go covered in oil.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “This morning three guillemots will be released back to the wild and we are looking forward sharing a video of their release.”

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Oil and Oiled Bird update from the States of Guernsey

Submitted by Steve on 17:25, 10th Jan, 2019 | 0

The States of Guernsey Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services have issued this statement in regards the oil and oil birds being found around our coast –

‘Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services (ACLMS) received a report of numerous blobs of oil of approximately 10-15cm in diameter in the central reef area of L’Ancresse/Pembroke this morning.  States Works Coastal team attended and have cleared away as much as could be found.  Cautionary signs have been placed at access points to the bay to warn beach users.

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Oiled Birds continue to be rescued and saucer size deposits of Oil at Pembroke

Submitted by Steve on 14:16, 10th Jan, 2019 | 0

Over the last few days we’ve been highlighting the fact we have been helping a number of oiled birds rescued from our coastline.

We have just been informed by the Senior Environment Services Officer Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services and Harbour Master that a dog walker that has been to Pembroke/L’Ancresse beach has seen heavy oil deposits, some saucer sized around the central reef.

The States Beach Crew have been deployed but this does mean the numbers of oiled birds is highly likely to increase.

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Two more oiled birds arrive at the GSPCA Please watch out especially on the West Coast

Submitted by Steve on 12:47, 9th Jan, 2019 | 0

Late last night and early this morning a further two oiled birds have been found oiled on our coastline.

Just before 10pm last night an oiled guillemot was rescued in the Grand Rocque area and was accepted by GSPCA Manager Steve Byrne who administered first aid and placed the bird in one of the Intensive Care Units. The lucky bird has been nicknamed ‘Ger’ and the team are doing all they can help this extremely poorly oiled bird.

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Extremely oiled bird found at Saints Bay please watch out for others around the Guernsey coast

Submitted by Steve on 21:13, 6th Jan, 2019 | 0

Earlier today a guillemot was rescued at Saints Bay completely covered in what appeared fresh oil.

From head to toe the birds body was completely soaked in the oil and the GSPCA rushed the bird to the vets where sadly they were unable to help the bird.

The GSPCA are asking islanders to be on the look out for other birds that may be affected from oil as it is rare for just one bird to found on the coast with such fresh oil.

Each winter especially after stormy weather the GSPCA often help oiled birds and the team are hoping this is just an isolated case.

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WEATHER WARNING - With windy stormy weather please watch out for oiled seabirds & seal pups

Submitted by Steve on 16:06, 20th Oct, 2017 | 0

This weekend across the Bailiwick the weather is set to put our animals and wildlife at risk.

Often during the autumn and winter months with the high winds and stormy weather makes it difficult for wild animals and birds to feed and rest.

Also with the high winds we have to ensure our pets and animals kept outside are safe and secure.

The GSPCA are asking those that live around and visit our coast to please watch out for injured animals in need as well as seal pups which can get separated from their mothers at this time of year especially when we see bad weather.

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50 years on the team at the GSPCA remember the Supertanker Torrey Canyon and all the wildlife affected

Submitted by Steve on 22:41, 16th Mar, 2017 | 0

On the 18th March 1967 Supertanker Torrey Canyon ran aground on rocks between Land's End and the Scilly Isles and leaked its cargo of oil into the sea.

The 974-ft (297m) tanker, which was carrying a cargo of 119,328 tonnes of crude oil, hit Pollard's Rock in the Seven Stones reef. The oil patch was believed to be the biggest ever to threaten the West Country coastline and the Channel Islands.

There were fears that the supertanker could catch fire or break-up in heavy seas.

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