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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Submitted by Steve on 21:07, 17th Nov, 2016 | 0

Over the last week across the Bailiwick the weather has been challenging our wonderful wildlife.

From Poppy the grey seal pup in Alderney to oiled guillemots found due to the wet windy weather the GSPCA is being kept very busy.

In the last week we have had two oiled guillemots both on the South West Coast.

Meep Meep and Robinson as they have been named are doing well after their bathes but as the bad weather continues the GSPCA are braced for likelihood of other animals affected by the weather needing our help.


Oiled Guillemots almost ready for their trip back to the wild

Submitted by Steve on 13:28, 19th Feb, 2016 | 0

We are pleased to report that 4 of the rescued oiled guillemots found around Guernsey in January are clean from oil and have been rehabilitating on one of our pools.

Lihou, Pegasus, Bob and Rockmount who were all oiled and very poorly when they arrived at the GSPCA have all received a number of washes, treatment, medication, time in an intensive care unit, a lot of fish and have been getting use to being outside over the last few weeks.


Please watch out for oiled birds around the coast after the rough weather - Could you please donate or sponsor their care

Submitted by Steve on 15:46, 5th Jan, 2016 | 0

With all of the rough and stormy sustained weather recently the GSPCA are bracing for a potentially busy period of sick and injured animals and birds.

Only in the last few hours have two oiled guillemots been rescued and arrived at the Shelter and there are likely to be many more.

The reason we and other coastal animal charities see this increase after stormy weather is that crude oil that has settled on the sea bed gets stirred up and floats to the surface where the birds sadly get coated and then find it difficult to fly, preen, hunt and care for themselves.