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.

Thursday 27 February 2014

STORM CASUALTIES: Fears for iconic seabirds as storms kill puffins and razorbills

Some puffins discovered on beaches in France are believed to be from Skomer

Record numbers of seabirds have been killed in the recent storms on the Welsh coast, raising concerns some species are at risk.

The birds, including razorbills and puffins, have been washed ashore on beaches across Wales.

The Wildlife Trust said many of the birds died from malnourishment because they found it difficult to find food during the storms.

An additional 11,000 puffins have perished in the storms in France.

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales said many birds have been washed up on Welsh beaches including Newgale, Broad Haven and Ferryside.

The trust, which manages the important seabird islands of Skomer and Skokholm on the Pembrokeshire coast, said birds had been badly hit by the storms.

"The birds have struggled to feed, probably because the sea is so rough," said Skomer warden Ed Stubbings.

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