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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.
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 South West coastline, have been collected.
The majority are guillemots but there are also a couple of razorbills.
Many have been taken to the RSPCA's West Hatch wildlife centre in Taunton where staff are working flat out.