Guernsey

Seabirds found washed up on beaches

A healthy Guillemot Image copyright Barry Wells
Image caption Birds are struggling to survive in the severe weather conditions

Seabirds have been found washed up on Guernsey's beaches following recent high tides and strong winds.

The gale force winds have left some birds struggling to find food, while others are covered in oil.

According to RSPB Guernsey Shags, Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes have been particularly badly affected.

Donna Francis of RSPB Guernsey said "In these extreme conditions some birds are not surviving the night, the relentless weather has taken a sorry toll."

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said 'After prolonged bad weather it often means those birds that live out at sea are very tired and hungry as they've not been able to hunt and with oil on the sea being churned up it can affect these beautiful animals.'