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Queen guitarist Brian May has praised the team cleaning sea birds found covered in a sticky sustance on beaches in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.
He's been visiting the RSPCA's West Hatch Centre near Taunton. Dr May is the organisation's vice president. He also joined a rally protesting against the forthcoming badger cull.
Wildlife charities say more than 1000 dead seabirds have now been washed up on beaches in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset following a chemical spill last week.
Around 60 more have been found on Chesil Beach today, while 200 others are being treated by the RSPCA and South Devon Seabird Trust.
It's the second time in three months that the substance, Polyisobutene, has killed seabirds in the South West.
The RSPCA are calling for an investigation after pollution harmed hundreds of seabirds for the second time in two months. More than 170 birds, most of them guillemots, were treated at the charity's West Hatch wildlife centre in Taunton after they were washed up covered in a sticky substance.
They were found as far west as Mevagissey and round to Plymouth, Looe and Whitsand Bay. Many more birds were found dead on the beaches. Experts from Plymouth University have confirmed the chemical as polyisobutene (PIB), the same substance affecting birds in February.
Anyone who finds a bird covered in the chemical should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 and should not try to touch the birds or catch them.
Experts from Plymouth University have confirmed that the pollutant harming hundreds of seabirds off the westcountry coastline is polyisobutene (PIB). It's the same substance that affected large numbers of birds in February.
Nearly 100 seabirds caught up in the latest pollution incident hitting the region's coastline have been collected in Devon.
They have been taken from beaches in Devon as far west as Mevagissey and round to Plymouth, Looe and Whitsand Bay.
Many have been taken to the RSPCA's West Hatch wildlife centre in Taunton where staff are working flat out.
The vast majority are guillemots but there are also a couple of razorbills.
The number of birds washed up on the region's coast over covered in a sticky substance continues to rise with hundreds being found dead this morning.
The substance has not been identified but it appears to be the same that affected hundreds of birds in February. Jeff Welch reports.
More birds have washed up in the westcountry with the same pollutant that contaminated sea birds two months ago.
The RSPCA has rescued nearly 90 birds from beaches as far west as Mevagissey and round to Plymouth, Looe and Whitsand bay.
Samples of the substance have been sent to the University of Plymouth for testing.
RSPCA staff at the West Hatch Animal Centre in Taunton are continuing to help with the guillemot clean up operation.
Over 30 birds have been washed up on beaches across Devon and Cornwall after finding themselves covered in an oily, sticky substance.