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What to do if you see a dead bird

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Contact the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Helpline (03459 33 55 77).

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or gulls, or five or more dead wild birds of other species in the same location, you should report them to the DEFRA helpline on: 03459 33 55 77 (option 1), or email:

Am I at risk from touching dead birds

Wild birds can carry several diseases that are infectious to people. If dead birds are handled, it is important to wash your hands with soap and water as soon as possible. Avoid touching your face and certainly do not eat until you have washed your hands. Clean any soiling on clothing with soap and water.

What am I at risk from

Although the risk of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) may be low, birds can carry other respiratory infections. Birds can also carry infections which can cause gastrointestinal infections such as Salmonella and Campylobacter.

Where could I dispose of dead birds and how

Please contact the owner of the land on which the dead birds are located.