Wild waterfowl death reporting requirements intensify

Reporting dead wild birds - surveillance sensitivity increases
  • In Great Britain, members of the public should use the new online reporting system or call the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77) if they find one or more dead wild birds of prey, gull, swan, goose or duck, or five or more dead wild birds of any species.
  • APHA and their contractors then collect some of these birds and test them to help us understand what risk posed to poultry and other captive birds is through understanding how the disease is distributed geographically and in different types of wild bird, not all birds will be collected.

For further information on cases and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones currently in force see:

The River Great Ouse, Bedford: The Swan hotel and the town's famous swans — Bedford Independant