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.

The oil was very dark, solidifying and crusted which indicates that it had been at sea for some time and had been broken up by wave action.   It is likely that it came from a ship out at sea discharging oily water or old oil. 

Anyone finding oil on a beach is asked to contact ACLMS on [email protected] or Tel: 234567 as soon as possible, with details of the location and the size of the area affected.

The GSPCA is asking people walking the beaches to be watchful for oiled birds.  If a live oiled bird is found please contact the GSPCA as quickly as possible on 01481 257261 (24/7).  Please do not to try to catch it as the birds will try to go back out to sea.   The GSPCA has received six Guillemots affected by oil and found on beaches around the island over the last few days.  Two of these diving birds are in recovery at the GSPCA after treatment but others were either already dead or have since died.  Photographs of a group of Sanderlings taken by a local ornithologist on Grande Rocque beach yesterday also showed several birds with oil stains.

Dumping of oil at sea is illegal under the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter 1972 (London Dumping Convention) – and its 1996 protocol, joint long-term programme (2014-2016).  The Convention prohibits the dumping to sea unless as “incidental to or derived from normal operation” by ships and aircraft.

Guernsey Harbours has asked commercial shipping and aircraft crews to report any signs of oil at sea in the area.’

To see the latest GSPCA release on the Oiled Birds and advice please visit -

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Here a few links with ideas to help the animals in our care and wishes we are trying to raise funds for so please do get involved with GSPCA Purple Week and help us help those in need -

You can donate via our page or create your own sponsored event or challenge -

To donate to Sealia, Gully, Andy and Marty the seal pups please visit - or

To donate to help Ellie the cocker spaniels life saving operations Just Giving page please visit -  

To visit the Just Giving page raising funds for life saving Intensive Care Units please visit or to buy one directly for the Shelter please visit

To become an Angel Pen Pal Sponsor please visit -

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To Buy a Brick in the new Wildlife Hospital and download a leaflet please click here -

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On Monday 7th January we have a volunteer induction evening and for more information and additional induction dates please visit or call 257261

To see our upcoming guided tours please visit -

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For lots more ideas on how you can support the shelter and the animals in our care then please visit our fundraising page

If you think the team or an individual goes over and above some international awards open for nominations currently are –

The ADCH & Petplan Awards -

The Ceva Animal Welfare Awards –

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