charity helps RSPCA with influx of 500 sea birds
from Burnham-based rescue charity BARB have been helping the RSPCA
in dealing with the arrival of hundreds of seabirds this week.
RSPCA's West Hatch animal rescue centre near Taunton has been
struggling to cope with an influx of almost 500 Manx Shearwaters
after they were blown onto cliffs in South Wales by high winds
as they began their annual migration to South America.
of the seabirds were rescued by the RSPCA - although 100 had to
be put down due to their injuries.
survivors have been brought to the RSPCA centre with the aim of
releasing them back into the wild over the next week.
staff at the centre called on BARB's help and a team of six volunteers
from the Burnham charity have been assisting the RSPCA carers
with the job of feeding the hundreds of birds by tubes.
RSPCA's Ellie West told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We have been
incredibly busy dealing with such a large influx of birds, so
it has been wonderful to have the help of BARB."
volunteers have been getting involved with feeding the birds,
helping to take some of the pressure off our team."
added: "We hope to release some of the birds from a site
in Devon on Friday and more over the next few days."
Official BARB Web site