More than 100 guillemots treated at RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Somerset after being found covered in an unidentified sticky substance.
The RSPCA has come to the aid of more than 100 sea birds found covered in an unidentified sticky substance.
All along the Dorset and Devon coast from Weymouth to Torquay, people have been finding guillemots covered in the greasy film, many have very sore legs. They are mainly being found on the near Portland, West Dorset.
RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Somerset has been taking care of the birds and making efforts to clean them using the usual techniques, which involve the use of margarine to absorb the substance and washing up liquid to unstick their feathers.
However, it is too early to know whether this has been successful, but the early signs are that they are not responding well.
Manager of RSPCA West Hatch Peter Venn said: “The numbers of birds arriving in to our centre are growing and we are doing all we can to help them – but it is too early to tell how successful these attempts will be.
“We do not know what this substance is or where it has come from yet, but we do know it is not fuel. It may be by-product from manufacture, but at this stage we just do not know.
“We would urge anyone who finds any of these birds to contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
“There are also reports of the sticky substance washing up on the beach, so we would urge people walking their dogs in the area to also be careful.”