September 2016 News

We love an unusual visitor, and we were surprised when this Manx shearwater was brought in to us.
As an oceanic bird, we have no idea how it came to be found on a rural field near Basingstoke!
It was very weak and had a small wound to its chest which has healed well, and we hope to transfer it to a specialist centre for assessment and release soon.
3/4 of the world's population of Manx shearwaters breed on islands off the UK coast during the summer, then in late September they embark upon an epic migration to the South Atlantic Ocean, not touching land until they return to the UK next spring!
Their scientific name is actually Puffinus puffinus!

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