21 years today since the Sea Empress disaster and the local rescued oiled birds in our care

Submitted by Steve on 21:22, 15th Feb, 2017 | 0

Today marks 21 years since the Sea Empress disaster and next month on the 18th March marks 50 years since the Torrey Canyon disaster.

In 1996 GSPCA Shelter staff and volunteers were called on to help with one of the biggest oil disasters to hit the British shores.

When the Sea Empress ran a ground in Pembrokeshire on the 15th February over 72,000 tons of crude oil and 360 tons of heavy fuel poured into the sea in less than a week.

Tens of thousands of animals were effected and the RSPCA launched a massive rescue operation.

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Please watch out for oiled birds around the coast after the rough weather - Could you please donate or sponsor their care

Submitted by Steve on 15:46, 5th Jan, 2016 | 0

With all of the rough and stormy sustained weather recently the GSPCA are bracing for a potentially busy period of sick and injured animals and birds.

Only in the last few hours have two oiled guillemots been rescued and arrived at the Shelter and there are likely to be many more.

The reason we and other coastal animal charities see this increase after stormy weather is that crude oil that has settled on the sea bed gets stirred up and floats to the surface where the birds sadly get coated and then find it difficult to fly, preen, hunt and care for themselves.

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4 oiled birds rescued at the GSPCA today - Watch out for oiled birds around the coast after the rough weather

Submitted by GSPCA on 16:36, 10th Feb, 2014 | 0

After a second spell of rough weather this year the GSPCA has already rescued 4 oiled birds so far today.

The reason we and other coastal animal charities see this increase is that crude oil that has settled on the sea bed gets stirred up and floats to the surface where the birds sadly get coated and then find it difficult to fly, preen, hunt and care for themselves.

We closely monitor the locations of where the birds are found and tidal movements in case they aren't isolated incidents.

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Watch out for oiled birds around the coast after the rough weather

Submitted by GSPCA on 14:50, 16th Jan, 2014 | 0

With rough weather the GSPCA often finds itself rescuing and caring for oiled birds.

The reason we and other coastal animal charities see this increase is that crude oil that has settled on the sea bed gets stirred up and floats to the surface where the birds sadly get coated and then find it difficult to fly, preen, hunt and care for themselves.

We closely monitor the locations of where the birds are found and tidal movements in case they aren't isolated incidents.

We have had 7 oiled birds in the last week but sadly a Razorbill and 2 Guillemots were to weak to save.

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Inky the lucky slick Syrian Hamster

Submitted by GSPCA on 18:18, 28th Oct, 2013 | 0

Inky is one very lucky stray Syrian Hamster.

Last Thursday a very surprised gentleman found a very oily Hamster in a catch pit when working on a car.

The Syrian Hamster that has been called Inky has had a good wash and is thankfully doing very well.

Inky is a stray Hamster so if you are missing one from the Bailiffs Cross area then the male, adult rodent could be yours.

Yvonne Chauvel Senior Animal Care Assistant said 'We often get oiled birds in at this time of year but it I can't remember getting an oiled Hamster in at the GSPCA before.'

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Good News as Ships are banned from discharging the pollutant PIB which has killed 1000's of British Birds in 2013

Submitted by GSPCA on 11:24, 22nd Oct, 2013 | 0

The GSPCA are pleased to hear that the polluntant that killed and injured more than 4,000 birds, called polyisobutene (PIB) between Cornwall and Sussex, and on the Channel Islands can no longer be dumped at sea after a worldwide ban was agreed.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has reclassified PIBs from 2014 which means ships will only be able to wash their tanks and dispose of all PIB residues while in port.
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The GSPCA is taking part in the Oil Spill Preparedness Plans tested for wildlife this week

Submitted by GSPCA on 12:05, 10th Sep, 2013 | 0

 Oil spill training for wildlife organisations and those involved in helping to alleviate the effects on wildlife of a major oil pollution incident will take place  at  the   Guernsey Society Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) as part of the States of Guernsey preparedness measures on Wednesday 11th  September 2013.

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Oiled Alderney Razorbill Gillette is back in the wild after weeks of care

Submitted by GSPCA on 16:05, 21st May, 2013 | 0

On the 8th February this year the GSPCA received a Razorbill from Alderney which had been affected by crude oil.

Staff at Alderney Animal Welfare had cared for the bird and done a wonderful job removing the crude oil from the its feathers after being found on the coast of Alderney. If it hadn't been for their staff this bird would certainly have perished.

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Another oiled bird at the GSPCA - What to do if you see any bird affected by oil

Submitted by GSPCA on 20:12, 16th May, 2013 | 0

Today the GSPCA received another oiled bird.  This time a Gull was rescued from Chouet and brought into the Animal Shelter.

Although it is not thought to be the PIB (polyisobutene) that has killed thousands of see birds along the south coast of England the GSPCA are on high alert in case of any outbreak.

You may remember only a number of weeks ago an oiled bird was found dead in Alderney due to PIB.  Here is some simple advice on what to do if you find sea life affected by this or any oiled substance -

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