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Avian flu birds

Reporting Dead Wild Birds  

Elmbridge Borough Council report the following:

Avian flu (H5N1)

We are aware of reports of avian flu (H5N1) being present in birds around the Thames.

Bird Flu is a disease of birds caused by a virus closely related to the human influenza viruses. Most strains of the virus have little effect on birds, but there is a strain, (H5N1), that can cause death in birds.

Reporting dead wild birds

Call Defra on 03459 335577  or
email  if you find:

  • One or more dead birds of prey
  • Three or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks)
  • Five or more dead birds of any species

You do not need to report any other found dead wild birds. Bird flu is not a notifiable disease in wild birds.

Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find. For further information see, DEFRA's advice for the public.

If you are a birdkeeper, be aware that a housing order has been put in place.

For more information, go to Elmbridge Borough Council's web page.