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Wild bird charity surpasses last year's rescue count

Manx Wild Bird Aid co-founder Barbara Cole with an injured baby seagull

More than 800 feathery 'rehabers' tended to

An animal rescue charity says it's busier than ever, having already taken in more 'patients' this year than in the whole of 2018.

Manx Wild Bird Aid, which began caring for injured, sick and orphaned birds three years ago, is now run with the help of more than 70 volunteers and has aviaries all over the Island.

According to one of its founders, the work of the charity is 'more than a full-time job'.

Last month, Barbara Cole anticipated that 2019 would be a record year:

883 birds have been taken in so far, compared to last year's total 818.

Both June and July are notorious for baby seagull casualties as the birds begin to fledge, leading them to astray if they haven't quite learned how to fly.

Reports on social media claim people have deliberately targeted the young birds by killing them with their cars.

The charity is appealing for donations so it can continue its rescue, care and rehab work.

You can listen below to Manx Radio's visit to one of the main aviaries in Castletown, at the home of Barbara and David Cole where the bulk of the patients are looked after:

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