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Public urged to report dead seabirds after storms

Skomer Wardens Ed Stubbings and Bee Büche visited Newgale beach in Pembrokeshire on February 23.

“We found around sixty dead seabirds, almost half were razorbills” said Ed.

“Like wrecks of birds recorded elsewhere on the coast, many were clearly malnourished, and had suffered badly in the stormy conditions”.

Gannets crowding on a cliff Credit: John Giles/PA Archive

"If anyone finds dead birds on the beach please look for metal rings and report the numbers to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)".


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,

Students on the lash in Wales - as it lashes down!

Students hit Cardiff city centre for a freshers event despite the severe weather. Credit: Wales News Service

As the downpour hit Wales - hundreds of students ignored the storm to go on a Cardiff pub crawl and dance in the rain.

University freshers paid little attention to to the severe weather warnings and went out drinking across the city centre in fancy dress as part of a series of Carnage events.

Warnings were ignored by those turning out for the Carnage event. Credit: Wales News Service

And torrential rains and winds in excess of 90mph on Sunday night did nothing to damped their spirits as they took to the streets in short skirts and cropped tops.

The students wore white Carnage T-shirts - and there wasn't a raincoat or umbrella in sight.

Students in Cardiff out last night without an umbrella! Credit: Wales News Service


M4 Second Severn Crossing reopened

The M4 Second Severn Crossing has now reopened after being closed overnight due to high winds.

The M48 Severn Bridge remains closed after the Highways Agency and police forces in England and Wales reviewed the situation overnight.

Even though the Second Severn Crossing is now reopened, tailbacks will impact on the early Monday rush hour.

Gwent Police are urging people to plan ahead.

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