BASC and DEFRA have both released statements this week on the potential for Avian influenza strain HPAI entering the UK.
While the current risk is low, this is a deadly virus to wildfowl, as well as humans. It is transmitted with close contact to birds.
“BASC urges members that particular care should be taken with bio-security and to report sightings of unusual behaviour in wild birds or if you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or gulls, or 5 or more dead wild birds of other species in the same location, you should report them . Defra’s telephone helpline number is 03459 33 55 77 and members in Northern Ireland should contact the DAERA Helpline on 0300 200 7840.”
Please follow the links below to the update pages for BASC and DEFRA.
Update as of 22 December 2016
**After a positive case of the H5N8 strain of the virus has been confirmed in a wigeon in Carmarthanshire, DEFRA have updated their guidance. Please click here https://basc.org.uk/blog/avian-flu/avian-flu-update-following-spread-disease-31-dec/ **