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Seabird deaths hit Welsh coast

Skomer and Skokholm have 20,000 puffins. Credit: Suzy Harrison/PA Images

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales says one of the stormiest winters on record is seeing dead birds washing ashore on many of our beaches.

The Trust, which manages the internationally important seabird islands of Skomer and Skokholm on the Pembrokeshire coast, says deaths are being reported on beaches like Newgale, Broad Haven and Ferryside

It's thought local birds are amongst the recent casualties at sea. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/PA Images

It says between them Skomer and Skokholm are home to over 20,000 puffins as well as around 28,000 guillemots and 9,000 razorbills,


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