Bird Flu Detected in the Area

Bird Flu has been detected in our area. In order to avoid spreading it, the advice from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency is:

  • keep to the footpath;
  • keep dogs on leads;
  • do not feed wild waterfowl;
  • do not pick up, or touch, dead or sick wild birds;
  • do not touch wild bird feathers, or surfaces contaminated with wild bird droppings;
  • if you keep poultry or other birds, wash your hands and clean and disinfect your footwear  before tending to your birds.

Avian influenza (bird flu) is a notifiable animal disease.

If you suspect any type of bird flu in poultry or captive birds you must report it immediately by calling the DEFRA Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.

You should call the DEFRA helpline (03459 33 55 77) if you find:

  • one or more dead bird of prey or owl
  • 3 or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks)
  • 5 or more dead birds of any species

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