SEA birds found covered an oily substance along England’s south coast have gone through the first round of washes at the West Hatch Wildlife Centre near Taunton.
Staff and volunteers have been busy decontaminating more than 300 guillemots and razorbills using household margarine and soapy water.
Some of the least affected birds are expected to be put into rehabilitation pools at the centre this week to get them used to their natural habitat before they can be released back into the wild.
Other birds will require more thorough cleaning to remove the substance, which has been identified as an oil additive used in lubricating oils. Despite being non-toxic, the oil has caused burns to some of the birds’ legs and skin.
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