dead starlings
Tests are being carried out on the latest discovery to found out how they died

A group of dead starlings found on the coastal path are being tested by police.

Nine dead birds were discovered between Porthmadog and Criccieth , with rural crime officers saying their deaths are thought to be a result of a "natural phenomenon".

A tweet by North Wales Police 's rural crime team said: "More dead starlings have been recovered, this time from the Wales Coastal Path near Cricieth.

"Don't be alarmed. We think this is a natural phenomenon. No 5G, no UFOs and hopefully no criminality. They are being recovered for toxicology tests."

It comes after 300 dead starlings were found on Anglesey in December in a case which mystified experts.

A series of tests were carried out, and were able to find out how it happened but not why.

Regarding the recent incident, PC Dewi Evans said: "I have just recovered nine dead starlings from a group of 25 that were there the other day. They died further along the coastal path.

"You may remember the incident from Bodedern, which was widely reported on in the press.

"As it happens, we think that this is a natural phenomenon and we don't think that any criminality is involved.

"The deaths of these birds - it's just a phenomenon that's just beginning to be understood better now.

"We have recovered these birds just in case and they will be sent off for toxicology reports and I will be meeting staff from the Welsh Government this afternoon to hand them over."