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Storm blows hundreds of rare seabirds out of sky

A Manx Shearwater being cared for in West Hatch. Photo: RSPCA

Hundreds of rare seabirds are being cared for in Somerset, after being washed up on a beach in stormy weather.

A huge flock of Manx Shearwaters landed at a beach in Wales last Monday, when they were caught in high winds.

260 of the birds are now being kept at RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre near Taunton.

“The birds are exhausted after being caught in strong winds and rough seas and bashed into rocks and eventually washed up onto beaches where our hard working inspectors and animal collection officers have been rescuing them and bringing them into West Hatch.”

– Dr Bel Deering, RSPCA
The birds are being kept at the RSPCA centre in West Hatch. Credit: RSPCA

Staff at the centre are now appealing for donations to help cope with the sudden influx of birds.

More than £500 has already been raised, with money going towards food and towels. It's hoped they can be released back into the wild as soon as possible.