4 oiled birds rescued at the GSPCA today - Watch out for oiled birds around the coast after the rough weather

Submitted by GSPCA on 16:36, 10th Feb, 2014 | 0

After a second spell of rough weather this year the GSPCA has already rescued 4 oiled birds so far today.

The reason we and other coastal animal charities see this increase 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.

We closely monitor the locations of where the birds are found and tidal movements in case they aren't isolated incidents.

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Watch out for oiled birds around the coast after the rough weather

Submitted by GSPCA on 14:50, 16th Jan, 2014 | 0

With rough weather the GSPCA often finds itself rescuing and caring for oiled birds.

The reason we and other coastal animal charities see this increase 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.

We closely monitor the locations of where the birds are found and tidal movements in case they aren't isolated incidents.

We have had 7 oiled birds in the last week but sadly a Razorbill and 2 Guillemots were to weak to save.

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Good News as Ships are banned from discharging the pollutant PIB which has killed 1000's of British Birds in 2013

Submitted by GSPCA on 11:24, 22nd Oct, 2013 | 0

The GSPCA are pleased to hear that the polluntant that killed and injured more than 4,000 birds, called polyisobutene (PIB) between Cornwall and Sussex, and on the Channel Islands can no longer be dumped at sea after a worldwide ban was agreed.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has reclassified PIBs from 2014 which means ships will only be able to wash their tanks and dispose of all PIB residues while in port.
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Oiled Alderney Razorbill Gillette is back in the wild after weeks of care

Submitted by GSPCA on 16:05, 21st May, 2013 | 0

On the 8th February this year the GSPCA received a Razorbill from Alderney which had been affected by crude oil.

Staff at Alderney Animal Welfare had cared for the bird and done a wonderful job removing the crude oil from the its feathers after being found on the coast of Alderney. If it hadn't been for their staff this bird would certainly have perished.

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Another oiled bird at the GSPCA - What to do if you see any bird affected by oil

Submitted by GSPCA on 20:12, 16th May, 2013 | 0

Today the GSPCA received another oiled bird.  This time a Gull was rescued from Chouet and brought into the Animal Shelter.

Although it is not thought to be the PIB (polyisobutene) that has killed thousands of see birds along the south coast of England the GSPCA are on high alert in case of any outbreak.

You may remember only a number of weeks ago an oiled bird was found dead in Alderney due to PIB.  Here is some simple advice on what to do if you find sea life affected by this or any oiled substance -

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Channel Island NGOs call on Island Governments to help prevent further mass seabird deaths

Submitted by GSPCA on 12:33, 24th Apr, 2013 | 0

In an unprecedented joint letter Channel Island Wildlife and Welfare organisations are calling on politicians representing the environment in the 3 main islands to lobby the UK parliament to help prevent future catastrophic discharges of the chemical polyisobutene (PIB). 

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Advice on what to do if you find an oiled bird

Submitted by GSPCA on 15:41, 23rd Apr, 2013 | 0

With the recent oiled bird found dead in Alderney due to PIB here is some simple advice on what to do if you find sealife affected by this or any oiled substance

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Gillette the Oiled Razorbill rescued in Alderney now at the GSPCA Animal Shelter

Submitted by GSPCA on 13:54, 8th Feb, 2013 | 0

After a call yesterday and a flight this morning the GSPCA received a Razorbill from Alderney which has been affected by crude oil.

Staff at Alderney Animal Welfare have cared for the bird over the last few days and done a wonderful job removing the crude oil from the its feathers after being found on the coast of Alderney. If it hadn't been for their staff this bird would certainly have perished.

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'Refined mineral oils' blamed for bird contamination - If you see any around the Bailiwick please let the GSPCA know

Submitted by GSPCA on 13:53, 4th Feb, 2013 | 0

On Thursday of last week the start of what has turned out to be over a hundred sea birds being affected by what is blamed to be refined mineral oils.

From Cornwall to Sussex much of the English South Coast has been affected and the GSPCA are asking walkers and those using the coast line to be vigilant in case any birds or wildlife are in need of help.

Many organisations have been involved from the Environment Agency to the RSPCA in the UK.  In fact the RSPCA have already rescued over 100 birds which have been taken to their Wildlife Hospital West Hatch in Somerset.

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Marietta the Common Scoter brings back memories of the Sea Empress disaster

Submitted by GSPCA on 13:06, 10th Dec, 2012 | 1

4 weeks ago an injured Common Scoter was brought into the GSPCA after being rescued in Beaucette Marina.
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