Details of the Overstrand bird stranding network have just been released – save the number below on your phone and report all oiled or injured penguins and seabirds by following the instructions.
.What do you do if you come across a stranded penguin or seabird? People often associate penguins and other seabirds with oil spills, but these birds do strand for a variety of other reasons including wounds, exhaustion, dehydration and disease. A seabird on the beach or rocks, away from a breeding colony, is normally a bird in trouble.
Keep dogs and people away. Do not put the bird back in the water. Do not feed the bird.
Contact the Sea-bird rescue line on 072 598 7117 immediately. This line is at the African Penguin and Seabirds Sanctuary (APSS) of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.
Provide the following information: Area and name of the beach. If you are not familiar with the area, look for landmarks to provide directions. The rescue line operator will give you further instructions on what to do.