DEAD seabirds have been washed up on beaches after violent storms battered the North Sea.
Durham Wildlife Trust said staff have found several dozen birds in recent days, including puffins, razorbills and guillemots at locations including Hawthorn Dene.
The charity believes the birds have struggled to find food or have succumbed to exhaustion in harsh conditions.
“It’s a perilous life being a seabird,” said director Jim Cokill.
“All we can do is hope for better conditions in the days and weeks to come as the breeding season gets under way.”