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RSPB warns of threat to seabird population

The deaths of thousands of seabirds off the coast of the West Country during the recent storms is being declared a tragedy. More than a thousand have been found dead on our beaches.

But many thousands more have been killed by starvation and exhaustion at sea, washing ashore in France and Ireland. The RSPB warns it could threaten populations. Our environment correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports.

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Sea bird pollution answer 'may never be known'

A guillemot being cleaned at the West Hatch Centre Credit: PA

Scientists investigating the mass pollution which injured and killed hundreds of sea birds along the south coast say the source of the contamination may never be known.

Around 300 birds, mostly guillemots, were treated at the RSPCA West Hatch centre near Taunton following the spill. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said that it had been unable to trace the source of the spill and confirmed it has closed the investigation.

Sea bird pollution answer 'may never be known'

A guillemot being cleaned at the West Hatch Centre Credit: PA

Scientists investigating the mass pollution which injured and killed hundreds of sea birds along the south coast say the source of the contamination may never be known.

Around 300 birds, mostly guillemots, were treated at the RSPCA West Hatch centre near Taunton following the spill. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said that it had been unable to trace the source of the spill and confirmed it has closed the investigation.