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SEATON: Everyone loves a happy ending

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

WHEN Seaton Tramway’s managing director Jenny Nunn and engineering manager Lee Taylor inspected the huge damage to the track following last month’s storms, they came across an oyster catcher.
The bird was so exhausted by the unceasing winds and rain, it had flopped beak first into the ground and couldn’t walk or fly any further.
They picked him up and headed back to the Tramway’s riverside depot on the tram that they had been able to get as close to the area of the damage as possible.
As the bird started to warm up in Jenny’s jacket, they started to hope that it would recover.
A phone call to the Axe Estuary Wetlands project manager, Doug Rudge, found that he was nearby on Seaton Marshes and able to meet the tram at Riverside Depot to take care of the bird.
Doug agreed that the bird was probably so tire he had no energy left to find cover from the gales, as there were no signs of broken wings or starvation.
And the happy ending is that within two hours, the bird had recovered enough to re-join the flock on the River Axe.

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