As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Duck oil spill rescue continues in Glyndyfrdwy

A rescue operation to save up to 500 ducks caught up in an oil spill on a lake is continuing in Denbighshire, says the RSPCA.

Nearly 200 have been rounded up so far following the incident in Glyndyfrdwy, between Corwen and Llangollen.

Most of the birds are heavily coated in engine oil and are being taken to the RSPCA's wildlife centre in Taunton, Somerset, for treatment.

The rescue started on Monday after last week's oil spill.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said the spill was confined to the lake and there was no impact on the wider environment.

The agency was called out to investigate the incident on Thursday and Friday and advised the landowner how to clean up the oil.

The ducks were originally reared for shooting but had been signed over to the RSPCA, said its officials.

It said they would be rehabilitated and survivors released back into the wild.

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