Avian flu has been found in wild birds across the North of England and DEFRA has raised the risk level from medium to high. The following cases have been reported by DEFRA
• near Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland [geese]
• near Ulverston, Cumbria [swans]
• near Blackpool, Lancashire [swans]
• near Ormskirk, Lancashire [a goose and a buzzard]
• near Boston, Lincolnshire [geese and ducks]
In addition the H5N8 strain has been confirmed in rearing turkeys at premises near Northallerton, North Yorkshire.
DEFRA advise that if you find dead or sick wild waterfowl [swans, geese or ducks] or other wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should not pick them up. Please report the location and species on the DEFRA helpline – telephone number 03459 33 55 77 – select option 7.
DEFRA staff will then collect some of these birds and test them in an effort to understand how the disease is distributed geographically and in different types of bird.
Further information can be obtained from the DEFRA website:
29 November 2020