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BIRDS have been found coated in oil on West Sussex beaches – and the slick in Devon is believed to be the cause.

Brent Lodge Bird and Wildlife Trust in Sidlesham, near Chichester, received reports of a bird found dead on a beach in Bracklesham.

A guillemot was later brought into the centre after being discovered coated in a similar substance in Selsey.

Staff believe the substance has travelled up the coastline from Devon and Cornwall and are advising people to bring in any discovered birds.

Hundreds of birds have been washed ashore in the south west after a second chemical spillage in as many months.

Emma Pink, manager at Brent Lodge Bird and Wildlife Trust, said: ‘It is not uncommon, but unfortunately it is a really sad occurrence.

‘The substance is called polyisobutene, or PIB, which currently can be released legally under certain conditions. It’s a clear substance so, unlike crude oil, at first sight it isn’t always obvious on affected birds. But it is just as deadly.’