• Sun. Jun 23rd, 2024

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Avian Influenza Update

Over the last 7 days we have
seen a spike in dead seabirds washing in on Welsh beaches. The worst affected
areas have been close to the HPAI Positive tern and gull colonies in North
Wales, but we are now seeing hundreds of dead Guillemots coming ashore from
Pembrokeshire round to Gower. You should be aware that with the stormy weekend
weather birds could wash in just about anywhere.

Although we are still awaiting
the Avian Influenza test results from the Pembrokeshire Guillemots, HPAI has
been confirmed in samples from North Wales. To limit the public health risk we
have to assume all have HPAI for the time being.

The key messages: 

  • Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick wild birds that
    you find.
  • Keep you dogs on a lead and away from any dead or sick wild birds.
  • If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other
    dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them
    using the online system or to
    the Defra helpline: 03459 33 55 77
  • Depending on your location you can also contact your Local Council
    who will do their best to collect carcasses safely, especially from public
    places.
  • If you find any sick or injured wild
    birds please contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
     

 Lisa Morgan, Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales