Over 200 birds wash up dead on Dorset's shores
By NewsPipe | Friday, February 01, 2013, 17:08
Birds covered in an as-yet unidentified substance have been washing up on beaches throughout Dorset today, with high concentrations on Chesil Beach and Portland.
A guillemot gets attention from the RSPCA
Live birds are being treated by the RSPB, RSPCA and Dorset Wildlife Trust using a mixture of margarine and water to break down the mysterious substance.
However over 200 birds, mainly guillemots which use the Dorset Coastline at this time of year, have been washed up dead.
WessexFM has launched an appeal for clean towels which are being used to remove the substance from the birds feathers - more info on where to donate can be found here.
Meanwhile the public is being advised not to try to help birds they have found but instead contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.