Avian flu advice
There have been a number of recent occurrences of dead seabirds and waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks) being found on neighbouring coastlines and elsewhere in Scotland. Some of these birds may have died as a result of Avian Influenza. Whilst risks to human health are very low, the following precautions are advisable when out and about.
- Do not pick up or touch dead or sick wild birds
- Keep pets/dogs away from any dead or sick birds
- Do not feed wild waterfowl
- 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.
- Please report any dead wild seabird or waterfowl to the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) hotline: 03459 335577.
- If the bird is alive but ailing, call the SSPCA on 03000 999 999.
- It will be very helpful if you are able to provide an accurate location and information on the type of bird found.
17 Jun 2022
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