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Oiled birds wash up on beaches

The RSPCA's rescue centre near Taunton is dealing with more birds that have been washed up on beaches covered in a sticky substance.

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Chemical spill casualty toll reaches 1000

60 birds were found washed up on Chesil beach today. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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.

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