Sadly the effects of Bird Flu are all over the place, my local beaches sadly have many birds washed up. I was walking a few weeks ago when I met a dog owner whose dog was carrying a Dead Sea bird in its mouth. She had no clue about Bird flu and went on her way with the dog still carrying the bird!
Recently was in Saint Kilda and the Ranger told me how it was rife among the sea birds. It’s tragic to see so many birds effected.
Hi Heavy, it’s so sad. Here’s the advice from RSPB Scotland: “Firstly, do not touch any sick or dead birds. If you find any dead waterfowl (swans, ducks, geese), any gulls, seabirds, birds of prey or five or more of any other species in one place please report them to Defra on 03459 335577 or in Northern Ireland to DAERA on 0300 200 7840.”
Charlie MacLeod – It’s so sad at the moment…counted 60. + dead on the beach here recently…can’t take the dogs anywhere near a beach at present. Seeing multiple dead or dying birds every time we are out on the cliffs as well…it is a disaster here!!!
Apart from that there’s little that we as individuals can do. I would strongly recommend keeping dogs away from beaches where they are washing up as there have been reports of this disease jumping across species to foxes and seals. A risk to dogs and humans cannot be ruled out. Lucy Wallace
Avian influenza or bird flu refers to the disease caused by infection with avian (bird) influenza (flu) Type A viruses. These viruses naturally spread among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species. Bird flu viruses do not normally infect humans. However, sporadic human infections with bird flu viruses have occurred