Stranded Manx Shearwaters

Manx Shearwater by Nigel McCall

Manx Shearwater by Nigel McCall

Manx Shearwater by Dave Boyle

Manx Shearwater by Dave Boyle

You may have seen the news coverage in the last few weeks about manx shearwater chicks coming ashore due to the strong winds. Thankfully, as the and has dropped off the Manxie's fledging has gone back to normal. However we thought it would still be appropriate to provide you with information on what to do it you come across a stranded Manx Shearwater...

If you find one please just keep it in a box, with as little disturbance as possible. Handle with care, wear gloves and keep the bird away from your face. Please release it to sea, at dusk, on a sheltered bit of the coast.  It’s not a problem for the birds to be kept for a couple of days as they will have a LOT of fat reserves, and when the wind drops off a bit they will find it easier to navigate out to sea.  Don't try and release them in the daytime or if it’s flat calm. It can be distressing to see so many birds blown ashore, but it’s only a tiny proportion of the hundreds of thousands still safely at sea.

If anyone has a bird that they are not able to keep and release themselves, there are volunteers on Pembs who can help. Anyone who wants to volunteer to help, or who needs help moving and releasing a bird, is welcome to contact Conservation Manager, Lizzie Wilberforce (by phone, 07970 780553) who will be able to pair you up with someone who can assist.