Keep your eyes peeled for birds covered in sticky substance

Inspectors will be checking beaches today for any injured birds.

Readers may have heard on the national news today that around 100 birds covered in a sticky substance have been found washed up along the coast in Weymouth. It’s thought the substance might be palm oil and those birds who survived are being cared for by the RSPCA.

According to a report from IW Radio this morning, the RSPCA have confirmed a bird with similar conditions, “covered in a mysterious sticky substance”, was washed up on an Isle of Wight beach earlier in the week.

If you are walking on any beaches today or over the weekend and spot any injured birds, do let the RSPCA know.

You can contact them on 01983 840287 or by emailing

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Friday, 1st February, 2013 11:02am



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  1. The excellent Marine Conservation Society have a page on this pollution.

    What a double whammy if it is palm oil. Most palm oil comes from land which used to be tropical rainforest. (Only palm oil with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification can be guaranteed okay. So it will have killed animals twice over.

    What a pity we can’t police the seas better to prevent people at sea dumping things which cause such pain and distress.

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