Sussex RSPCA centre takes in contaminated birds
Birds washed ashore on the south coast after being contaminated with an oil additive have been transferred to a wildlife centre in East Sussex.
The 60 birds have been taken to the RSPCA's centre at Mallydams Wood in Hastings for further treatment.
More than 300 birds, mainly guillemots but some razorbills, were taken in by the RSPCA after being found covered in glue-like polyisobutene (PIB).
The birds were found as far east as Folkestone, but mainly in Dorset.
Until Wednesday they were mainly being cared for at the RSPCA's West Hatch wildlife centre in Taunton, Somerset, where they were cleaned with washing up liquid and margarine.
However, some of the birds are being transferred to Mallydams to ease the pressure on West Hatch.
Mallydams wildlife co-ordinator Richard Thompson said there was still a lot of work needed to ensure the birds recover well enough to be released into the wild.
"Not only do we need to wash the sticky substance off the birds, but a lot of them arrived in quite a weak state struggling to eat and drink," he said.
"They all need quite a bit of care and attention to get them rehydrated, fed and strong again.
"It makes sense for us to share resources to give these poor birds the best chances of survival we can."