Reports of dead sea birds

Thursday 16 June 2022

We’re receiving several reports of dead sea birds being found on beaches around the Angus areas and are currently liaising with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to make sure any required testing for Avian Influenza is undertaken.

Wild birds can carry several diseases that are infectious to people, so please do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find. Please also make sure you keep dogs on a lead near sick or dead birds so no contact is made.

If you come across a dead wild bird, please report it to DEFRA on 03459 335577 (option 7). If they are sick or injured contact SSPCA on 03000 999999 (option 1). Providing good location information for a dead, sick or diseased bird is particularly important and location apps such as 'what3words', references can be very helpful.

If you keep poultry, you still need to maintain high standards of biosecurity even though we’re heading into summer. The risk of wild birds carrying the disease remains high. All it takes is for wild bird droppings to land in your birds’ outdoor area or rainwater to wash infection in. The virus can survive for weeks in the soil and in the water so there remains a very real risk to your birds.

Scottish Government Avian Influenza Bird Flu information