We have been called out to try and rescue between 400 and 500 mallard ducks caught in an oil spill on a lake in North Wales.

Most of the birds are heavily coated with a thick engine oil which was dumped in Glyndyfrdwy, Corwen, Denbighshire on Thursday (26 September 2013).

RSPCA inspectors, including some specially trained in wildlife, are staging a major rescue of the birds before taking them to our wildlife centres for treatment and care.

RSPCA Inspector Keith Hogben said:

“There is no doubt that this oil was deliberately dumped and these poor birds have been suffering as a result. If we did not wade in to the rescue they would be unlikely to survive.


Oil can be incredibly damaging to birds – affecting their plumage and so their ability to fly. It can also cause a lot of internal injuries if ingested.


“If anyone has any information about who may have caused this spill we urge them to call us in strictest confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

The ducks were originally reared for shooting, but have now been signed over to us and so will be rehabilitated, and all survivors released back to the wild.

Find out more about our wildlife centres and read more about our wildlife rehabilitation work.

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