ACO West with Manx shearwaterRSPCA Cymru has rescued a Manx shearwater, found lethargic and sitting in the middle of an Aberystwyth road.

The seabird was found in a disorientated state, and is thought to have been blown off course – with many of the birds seeking to migrate to South America at this time of year.

RSPCA Cymru rescued the bird, who is now at Gower Bird Hospital for rehabilitation, before an anticipated release back to the wild. The bird was collected by the RSPCA on Thursday (7 September).

The rescue has prompted RSPCA Cymru to remind members of the public how they can support this species of bird, many of whom face difficulties in stormy or windy weather conditions.

Manx shearwater are particularly prominent in West Wales and – at this time of year – RSPCA officers based in the region often tend to a number of these birds.

The birds have a sharp beak, which members of the public are urged to be cautious of. Anyone who sees a Manx shearwater in distress is advised to contact the RSPCA’s 24-hour Advice & Cruelty Line on 0300 1234 999.

RSPCA animal collection officer Ellie West, who rescued the Manx shearwater, said: “The Manx shearwater was spotted in a lethargic state, and out of sorts, in the middle of a road in Aberystwyth.

“Thankfully, we were able to rescue this poor seabird, who is now undergoing rehabilitation at Gower Bird Hospital.

“We’re urging the public to be on the look-out for these birds, after our inspectorate group made this first Manx shearwater rescue of the season. Many get blown off course – and while their build is excellent for swimming, it can lead them to struggle on dry land.

“They are very distinctive birds, easily identified by their black upper body/back and white underside/belly. Manx shearwater possess a distinctive sharp beak, which members of the public need to be wary of. Anyone who sees one in distress is urged to contact our 24-hour Advice & Cruelty Line on 0300 1234 999.”

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