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Wildlife experts' sea litter plea

Residents and tourists in the Channel Islands are being urged not to harm the wildlife by throwing litter into the sea.

Alderney Wildlife Trust said the 14,000 gannets that nest on Alderney are in danger because of the amount of rubbish in the waters off the coast.

The birds scavenge the sea for weed to build their nests but inadvertently pick up litter, fishing lines and nets.

There are concerns the birds will get caught in the rubbish and starve.

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