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Look out for exhausted birds 11 December 2006

Drivers and dog walkers are asked to take extra care around the coast over the next few days for the sake of weather-weakened birds. Deaths of weak shags have occurred due to cars and a dog attack.

High winds and rough seas have made life at sea difficult for birds as well as man. As a result there are a lot of exhausted and hungry birds such as shags on beaches and coastal roads such as at Peel, the Point of Ayre and Maughold.

These birds would normally be feeding at sea and roosting in quiet areas, moving off when disturbed. In their weakened state they are more susceptible to attack or being struck by vehicles. If you are in an area where such birds may be roosting or sheltering, such as on a beach or breakwater, please take extra care and keep dogs under control because these birds might not be able to move off when approached, as they normally would.

Notes for Editors:

Contact name: Richard Selman Telephone number: 842335

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