SEABIRDS found in desperate trouble on the region’s coastline have been released into the wild after being nursed back to health.
Hundreds of seabirds have died along the North East coast during recent poor weather, but puffins and guillemots passed to Blyth Wildlife Rescue were freed off the Northumberland coast having been nurtured back to health.
The Journal has reported on hundreds of puffins, guillemots and razorbills being found dead or dying along the North East coast. It is believed severe weather may have led to birds struggling to find food or succumbing to exhaustion.
The Blyth charity was contacted over a two-week period about around 30 birds found by members of the public dying or injured from as far north as Seahouses and as far south as Sunderland.
Sadly, most died either when those who found them removed them from the beach or in their cars.
However, the charity was able to nurse a number of puffins and guillemots back to health over the course of a week.
On Easter Sunday, charity personnel were taken to the Farne Islands, owned by the National Trust off the coast of Seahouses.
Head warden David Steel freed the birds with charity founder John Anderson filming the happy moments.
Mr Anderson said: “The birds that made it back are a small triumph from the hundreds that died.”
The Journal has reported how more than 50 puffins were discovered on Druridge Bay and 16 at Boulmer, while six dead puffins were discovered on a 200-yard walk along the shore at Alnmouth.
In January, around 2,000 dead shags, including ringed birds from the Farne Islands, were washed up along the coast from North East Scotland to Northumberland.
Mr Anderson said: “The food is not there, the rough seas is what I put it down to.”
To contact Blyth Wildlife Rescue, phone 07910 643122 or visit its website www.b-w-r.org.uk for more information and to make online donations.